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Labor unions hard at work at Pinellas HOPE on Labor Day weekend listen

09/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Many Americans marked Labor Day weekend as a start to the football season, a day to fire up the barbeque, and enjoy a national holiday away from work. But the holiday began to honor labor unions that fought for 8 hour work days, a minimum wage, and an end to child labor. Last Saturday the executive vice president of the labor union visited Pinellas Park, calling on local labor unions to help some of Florida’s unemployed get back to work.

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Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw refuses to meet with cycling Immokalee farmworkers listen

09/06/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday, under stormy skies, a group of tomato pickers from Immokalee, Florida ended their 200 mile bicycle ride from the fields of Immokalee to the Corporate Headquarters of Publix Supermarkets in Lakeland to discuss their wages.

The group of tired farmworkers, wet from today's torrential downpour, arrived at Publix headquarters just after noon with hopes of speaking directly to Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw and inviting him to visit Immokalee, sit down with the farmworkers, and come to an agree...

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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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Community organizers campaign against modern-day slavery and for fair food at Publix stores in Pinellas listen

07/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-slavery protesters and activists for fair-food took their demands to three Publix grocery stores in St. Petersburg Sunday.

For nearly a decade social justice activists have struggled to get fair wages for Florida’s tomato harvesters. They’ve tried protesting, marching and chanting in front of Publix grocery stores to get the grocery giant to pay their suppliers a penny more per pound for tomatoes. But this weekend the activists decided to use a more personal approach – to talk ...

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America's best defense attorney: Clarence Darrow

06/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. There’s a new biography of legendary attorney Clarence Darrow… the attorney who had a long career defending the downtrodden in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He was far ahead of his time. We’ll talk with his biographer in a moment. But first one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with a USF researcher who is part of a team studying red-light cameras. Their conclusion is that red light cameras actually do more harm than good. Her...

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Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO on the new state budget

06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll talk about the new state budget signed last Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. Our guest is Rich Templin, Ph.D., Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO.

The governor signed the state budget last Thursday at a private ceremony in The Villages and we're still kind of going through it and figuring out exactly what the budget means for the future of Florida and here to help us deconstruct the budget is Rich Te...

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Awake the State organizer previews major statewide rally in Orlando

05/25/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Welcome to the WMNF afternoon call-in show the Last Call. I’m Seán Kinane.

More than 4000 jobs were cut from the state budget that was recently passed by the Florida Legislature. Tomorrow in the Villages, Governor Scott will sign the budget and announce which line items he is vetoing.

Joining me in our studio today to talk about this is Jason Smith. He’s with the labor union IBEW Local 824 and also with the new group Awake The State.

They have a major statewide gathering on J...

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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Working people critical of Governor and Legislature

04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from local labor activists who are concerned about anti-union proposals being pushed by the Governor and being passed by the state legislature.

Our guests are: Jean Clements, President, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association; Stephen Sarnoff, President, Communication Workers (CWA) 3179, represents city workers in Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Cheryl Schroeder, Executive Director, West Central Florida Fed...

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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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