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Hillsborough workers protest administrator's budget plan to privatize public jobs listen

09/15/11 Josh Holton
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation calls itself the “Heart of Hillsborough,” but they were at the heart of proposed budget cuts last night. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously moved the budget for next fiscal year onto a final hearing. But nearly 450 county jobs may be cut and handed over to private contractors. About 75 county workers protested outside.

Union workers lined the sidew...

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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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Public employees sue FL Gov. Rick Scott over order to drug test state workers listen

06/01/11 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A public workers union and a state employee from St. Pete are suing Governor Rick Scott because of an executive order requiring random drug testing of all state workers. A lawyer from the ACLU of Florida is joining with Peter Walsh, a Miami trial lawyer, to represent the plaintiffs.

"Executive order 11-58 calls for random drug testing. It requires the state to set up a regime of random drug testing for all state empl...

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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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Audio: Florida Democrat chastised for saying "uterus" on House floor listen

04/01/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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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...

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Activists rally against Scott, GOP legislature over a slew of issues listen

03/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the start of the legislative session, droves of people unhappy with Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled legislature have been spending Friday afternoons rallying against numerous state policies. Protesters don’t think they’ll be changing the governor’s mind any time soon, but they do hope to draw attention from fellow voters.

Republican State Representative Dana Young’s Tamp...

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Florida House passes bill targeting union dues process listen

03/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the battle over state workers’ unions continues in Wisconsin, the Sunshine state may be in for a fight of its own. Today the State House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent state and local government employees from paying their union dues by way of automatic paycheck deduction. Opponents say the bill’s GOP supporters are trying to strip away workers’ rights.

Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens told his colleagues that his job has an elected member of the Florida Hous...

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Anti-union bill squeaks by Senate committee listen

03/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Following the lead of Wisconsin, the Florida legislature is challenging unions on the issue of collective bargaining for public workers. A key measure that would changes the way unions collect dues passed a state senate committee today, despite the pleas of police and firefighters who went to Tallahassee to testify.

Jacksonville Republican John Thrasher sponsored SB 830, a measure that would bar public employee unions from collecting their dues via automatic paycheck deductions. Thrasher s...

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"Awake the State Rally" Protests Gov. Scott's Budget Cuts. listen

03/09/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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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 ...

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