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Labor activists go after Burger King in support of fired single mom listen

11/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: unions, minimum wage, labor, activism, Burger King, AFL-CIO, FCAN

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A 19-year old single mother was fired from a Tampa Burger King Friday for what she claims is retaliation for trying to organize with a union for a living wage. Less than 12 hours after she was terminated, more than 30 union leaders and community activists rallied support for the minimum wage worker at the Burger King at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Arme...

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Florida labor and religious groups push for immigration reform listen

06/04/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Activists in favor of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate are hoping it gets approved before the Senate breaks at the end of this month. During a phone conference Tuesday, several groups said they are optimistic the measure will be spared any harmful amendments before it’s voted on.

The call was hosted by the labor group, AFL-CIO. David Fernandez is with the Florida chapter.

“With over 70% of Florida voters saying that they support a tough, but...

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Immigration reform targeted during Ybor City May Day celebration listen

05/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Immigration reform could become a reality now that some United States Senators have suggested ideas that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people. Activists made that their focus Wednesday during a May Day protest in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. The ACLU of Florida’s Paola Everett said the legislation is a start, but more needs to be done.

"We really need to make sure that this immigration reform includes fair access to education. That it allows people to go back...

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Labor activists want local control over wage theft ordinances, ask state to stay out of it listen

04/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Labor activists are protesting two bills working their way through Tallahassee they fear would hurt workers. The protest in front of the County Center in downtown Tuesday Tampa was led by AFL-CIO regional coordinator Aaron Carmella who said the so-called “wage theft” bills would rob local governments of their abilities to protect workers from unfair employers.

“They say that they’re trying to streamline a process to keep it the same across the state, but basically what they’re ...

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Activists use political theater to warn about 'Romney's America' and sign a Second Bill of Rights listen

08/30/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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During some speeches at the Republican convention unions have been a punching bag. In contrast, yesterday labor rights groups in Tampa used theater to demonstrate what the workforce might look like if Mitt Romney is elected as president. Protesters signed what they call America’s Second Bill of Rights.

Two to three hundred protesters rumbled through the sanctioned parade route in downtown Tampa, shouting ‘Stand up, fight back.’ Protestors held signs...

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WMNF's Live Call-in Coverage of the RNC

08/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with labor activists Cheryl Schroeder and Aaron Carmella from the West Central Federation of Labor, On Wednesday, August 29th from 6:00PM to 7:30PM the West Central Florida Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Central Labor Council will host “Welcome to Romney’s America,” a satirical look at what life under a Romney/Ryan administration would look like. The event will feature street theatre performed along the official ...

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Florida's Amendment 8 could give more funding to faith-based charities; opponents worry it'll increase school vouchers listen

04/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A proposed amendment appearing on the ballot this fall would overturn the part of Florida’s Constitution that forbids public funds from going to religious organizations. A group called Citizens for Religious Freedom and Non-Discrimination is starting a coalition in support of Amendment 8. At a press conference Wednesday morning in Tampa, one of the amendment’s original authors, former state Representative Juan Zapata said it would allow faith-based charities to better provide public ser...

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Tampa demonstrators support Obama's jobs bill for veterans benefits listen

10/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Advocates for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill told veterans to tell their representatives to pass provisions that would benefit America’s military at a Rally in front of the VA hospital in Tampa Wednesday. The group handed out literature outlining parts of the bill that would give tax credits and job preference to some military people.

President Obama’s Jobs bill contains $447 million worth of incentives to get people back to work and repair t...

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Labor Activists Discuss The State Of Working Americans

09/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Today is Labor day and we're honored to be joined by five members of the labor movement. Arlene Holt-Baker is executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, Lynne Webb is President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, Aaron Carmella is the zone co-ordinator of the Florida AFL-CIO, Richard Flamm is a member of AFSCME, and Richard Tito is a member of UAW local 298 and he works at the Raytheon plant in Pinellas County.

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Interview with organizer of Tampa We Are One Rally starts the Last Call conversation today

04/04/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. We'll start today's program with an interview with Jason Smith of the Florida AFL-CIO who is organizing a We Are One rally today at Al Lopez Park in West Tampa.

At the time of his death on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was marching in solidarity with 1,300 black sanitation workers in Memphis; the public employees were defending their right to collective bargaining for better wages, working conditions, respect and dignity...

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