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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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Nurses protest patient ratios and under-staffing, ask for a task force to fix listen

10/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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About 50 nurses rallied in front of Largo Medical Center Tuesday in hopes of persuading management to create a staffing task force. The initiative would give bedside nurses a better chance at improving care by lowering nurse to patient ratios.

Julia Scott is a nurse at Largo Medical Center who is concerned her voice isn’t being heard by hospital staff. She said many nurses have tried to implement measures that would foster better communication, but so fa...

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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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New York Transportation Workers Union support Occupied Wall Street listen

10/03/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York's financial district are now in their third week. Last Friday, the group got a boost of morale as the 38,000 member New York City Transit Workers Union threw their support behind. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is at New York at the Wall Street protests and spoke with Angel Giboyeaux, the Administrative Vice President of the New York Transportation Workers Union local 100.

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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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