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Community organizers campaign against modern-day slavery and for fair food at Publix stores in Pinellas listen07/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday Listen to this entire show:
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 ...4 comments
06/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday) Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment
06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday) Listen to this entire show:
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...3 comments
05/25/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
Last Call Wednesday Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment
05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment
04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday) Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment
04/04/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday Listen to this entire show:
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...Be the first to comment
04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday Listen to this entire show:
Whether it’s busting unions, requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, or drug-testing welfare recipients, these days, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee have been offending a lot of people. But last week, it was a Democrat in the state house who made waves. After a lengthy debate over a bill affecting public employee unions, House Speaker Dean Cannon raised a stink over an anatomic reference that Orlando Representative Scott Randolph had made.
Cannon issued a statement warning his co...1 comments
03/09/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday Listen to this entire show:
Tuesday about a thousand pro-worker protesters marched to Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa. Thousands more labor union workers, state employees, and teachers demonstrated in more than 30 cities across the state to protest the largest annual budget cuts to education in Florida’s history. The largest of the “Awake the State” protests was in Tampa Bay.
While Governor Rick Scott may have run an election platform for job creation that insisted, “Let’s get to work,” President of the ...Be the first to comment
03/07/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday Listen to this entire show:
Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters rallied outside the Publix grocery store on Dale Mabry Avenue in Tampa over the weekend, demanding better pay and working conditions for the 30,000-some tomato harvesters throughout Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee workers has asked the supermarket chain to sign a “Fair Food” agreement for those producing the $620 million tomato crop.
The protesters walked along the sidewalks just off Publix property, singing, chanting, and waving signs....Be the first to comment