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Miami-Dade Teachers Union Leader Doesn't Condone "Sick-Out" Actions Over SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, some South Florida teachers held a “sick-out” to protest Senate Bill 6. Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to veto the bill, which will link teacher pay to student performance, among other things. One quarter of Miami-Dade County teachers called in sick, apparently to protest the bill. United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz told WMNF that her group did not support the sick out, but that SB 6 would...

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Crist won't show his hand on possible SB 6 veto listen

04/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, Gov. Charlie Crist was in Ybor City. He was greeted by about eight employees of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association. They held signs encouraging him to veto Senate Bill 6.

When the governor arrived, he walked over to the crowd and accepted a box filled with hundreds of postcards and handwritten petitions from teachers and their supporters urging him to veto the bill. Crist said he has still not made a veto decisi...

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Class Size amendment change passes Senate listen

03/25/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida Senate has approved a ballot proposal (SB 2) to loosen class size limits. In a 26-12 vote today, the Senate got just two votes more than required to place a state constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. The measure now goes to the House.

If passed by voters, the amendment would revise a class size amendment approved in 2002 that sets limits on the number of students in each classroom. The new proposal would ease the restrictions, permitting class size limits to meet a ...

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Saul-Sena protested by police union during commission run announcement listen

01/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena officially announced she is running for Hillsborough County Commission. But outside, police union members braved gusty winds and temperatures in the low forties to protest her recent vote against a raise for some Tampa police. Saul-Sena said she chose to make the announcement at Tampa Union Station because it represents transportation, history, and cooperation.

But many police officers are upset with Saul-Sena for joining four other Ci...

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Union members support collective bargaining for TSA workers listen

12/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The employees responsible for security at airports do not currently have the right to collectively bargain with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

At Tampa International Airport yesterday, local union members, including president of West Central Florida Federation of Labor Central Labor Council Robert Ray, expressed their support for the Transportation Security Officers.

Aaron Wazlavek, a national organizer with the [American Federation of Governme...

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Tampa Police denied pay raise listen

12/02/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa faces harder economic times, it seems Tampa Police are going to have to pay. After months of debate in deciding whether to give Tampa Police an annual salary raise, the city council came to a decision today.

In a 5 to 1 vote, the City Council denied Tampa Police the request for a pay raise this year. Councilman Joseph Caetano was the odd vote. The police union and Mayor Pam Iorio hit an impasse in negotiations this past summer. Iorio has argued against the pay increase due the de...

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Pinellas Schools declares impasse in negotiations with teacher union listen

07/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week, Pinellas County Schools declared an impasse in their contract negotiations with the county’s teacher’s union. But the president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association still hopes there will be opportunity for discussion.

Because of declining tax revenues and school enrollment, Pinellas County Schools is proposing a budget that’s nearly 20 million dollars less than last year. As a result, they w...

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How will St. Pete budget crisis affect services and employees?

05/27/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. This fall St. Petersburg residents will elect a new mayor. The campaign is under way and most of the discusion seems to be centered on the future of the major league ballpark and what to do about structural problems at the Pier.

But some city workers want to ask the candidates about the city's budget problems and how will they deal with possible layoffs and cuts in city services.

Our guests are two union activists who represent ...

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Seymour Hersh: Secret assassination operation was run by Bush White House

03/12/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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"At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota [Monday] investigative reporter Seymour Hersh talked about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring,” according to Eric Black at MinnPost.com,

The evening, featuring Walter Mondale and Hersh, moderated by Jacobs and titled “America’s Constitutional Crisis,” looked to be a mostly historical review of events...

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Labor reacts to bid to kill Employee Free Choice Act in Florida listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hoping to head off a controversial organized-labor bill in Congress, two Republican legislators today introduced a constitutional amendment that would require secret ballots in union elections.

Naples Sen. Garrett Richter and House Majority Leader Adam Hasner announced their proposal in Tallahassee, where they said that without the amendment, employees could be pressured by their bosses or union organizers to vote for or against representation.

But organized Labor strongly disagrees. ...

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