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National workers' strike hits Tampa Dunkin' Donuts listen

12/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Dunkin Donuts, minimum wage, wages, poverty, labor, unions, strike, Fast Food Strike

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Fast food workers in 100 cities across the country walked off their jobs Thursday as part of a national push to raise the federal minimum wage. Four Dunkin' Donuts employees told managers at a restaurant on East Busch Boulevard in Tampa they were going on strike until the franchise agreed to pay higher wages.

One of the workers is Brittany Wilkerson. She’s been working at that Dunkin' Donuts location for eight months making the federal minimum wage -- $7.79. But for two years prior to tha...

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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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Fast food workers in Tampa join national strike listen

08/29/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fast food workers are walking off the job today in more than fifty cities across the country, including in Tampa.

They’re fighting for the right to unionize and for an end to poverty wages.

In Tampa a rally will began at 4:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Wendy’s on Fowler Avenue at 15th Street.

WMNF interviewed Aaron Carmella, a field representative for the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.

*Here's more information about the [strike](https://www.facebook.com/events/2...

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"Abolish Class Society" is May Day message in St. Pete from Overpass Light Brigade listen

05/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Wednesday is International Workers’ Day. A small group of protesters displayed a lighted message over I-275 near 22nd Avenue North in St. Pete saying “Abolish Class Society” in honor of what’s also known as May Day.

“It’s a celebration of the working class and the struggle for the abolition of class distinction.”

That’s Occupy Tampa’s Jake Vigness. May Day is celebrated in 80 countries worldwide as part of an international labor movem...

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Labor groups warn against changes to Florida's pension program listen

02/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Proposed legislation in the Florida House would force new state employees hired after 2014 to use a 401k-style retirement fund instead of the current pension program. During a conference call Wednesday, critics of the measure said the change would hurt public employees. Diane Oakley, executive director for the National Institute on Retirement Security said seniors enrolled in the type of retirement program being proposed are nine times more likely to live in poverty during their final years...

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Santa takes on Wal-Mart labor issues: VIDEO listen

11/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groups from across the country protested Wal-Mart over the weekend as a show of solidarity with striking workers. Activists from the Tampa Bay area took their action to Pinellas Park on Friday at one of the big box retailer’s busiest stores. One man, Tyler Mitchell dressed as Santa Clause and stood in front of the store’s main entrance asking shoppers to stand in solidarity with Wal-Mart employees, but was quickly asked to leave the property.

Mitchell joined a larger protesting on the...

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Republican convention protests accelerate this weekend in Tampa Bay listen

08/24/12 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thousands of protesters, activists, and political groups are traveling to Tampa to protest this year's Republican National Convention.

Occupy Tampa and Occupy Wall Street will be joining with a wide range of activist organizations in protesting the RNC. Nathan Pim is a member of Food Not Bombs, which plans to feed protesters during the convention.  Pim and other Food Not Bombs activists began joining forces with Occupy Tampa at their encampment at Voice of Freedom Park on Wednesday. "A ...

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Union leaders for one fifth of Hillsborough County employees negotiate rights for workers listen

12/29/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Union leaders for many Hillsborough County employees want to change the process by which employees are disciplined. Negotiations on behalf of those employees continued with county management this morning.

One fifth of Hillsborough County employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. Union leaders want to include language in the employment contract that would clari...

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Occupy Tampa marches in solidarity with labor unions listen

11/18/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For the first time, organized labor and the Occupy movement joined forces yesterday for a demonstration in downtown Tampa. Their central demand was that Congress pass the President’s Jobs Act. They used the construction at the Platt Street Bridge as a backdrop and an example of the kind of federal spending that will put people back to work.

About 40 union members and advocate...

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AFSCME Local 167 union is in contract negotiations with Hillsborough County listen

10/17/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local public employees union is negotiating for a new two-year contract with the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners. On Friday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME negotiations.

Hector Ramos is the Regional Director of AFSCME’s Local 167 union. He said some of their concerns are about wage increases and overtime.

Ramos said AFSCME needs workers to be treated fairly ev...

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