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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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Michael Moore says America is not broke, Wake the State Rallies, and pensions are not the problem

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call, I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll listen to part of a speech that film maker Michael Moore gave in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend in which he placed the blame for the poor performance of the economy squarely on those at the top.

We'll also hear part of a story from the McClatchy newspaper chain which is headlined "[WHY EMPLOYEE PENSIONS ARE NOT BANKRUPTING THE STATES](http://...

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Actor/Activist Danny Glover stresses community at Tampa school listen

02/25/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As part of Black History Month, scores of students at a Tampa school heard from a famous visitor this morning. Actor and human rights activist Danny Glover told students at Just Elementary that it’s important to be community-minded – and to keep studying.

Hundreds of grade school children beamed as the actor implored them to be conscientious. The Color Purple star was there as part of Just Elementary’s Black History program. He recited the Langston Hughes poem “I, Too, sing America...

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John Avlon, radical centrist and Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO

02/25/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up two interviews.

First, John Avlon, author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America” is currently senior political columnist for “The Daily Beast.” Prior to “Wingnuts,” Avlon wrote “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics.” He's the speaker this coming Tuesday at Planned Parenthood of SW Florida's annual dinner in Sarasota at 6 p...

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Florida citizens gear up to "Awake the State" March 8th listen

02/25/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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The democratic uprisings we’ve witnessed in the Middle East and Africa over the past month are finally spreading to the US. Union bashing and budget slashing has unleashed outrage as citizens take to the streets of Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and soon, Florida.

Today on the Last Call we spoke with members of two organizations who are spearheading the Awake the State call to action scheduled for March 8, the opening day of the new legislative session. Mark F...

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Bernie Sanders on the President's budget; prank phone calls; and the assault on civil liberties

02/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. We had originally intended to have one of the Haitian presidential candidates on this program. Unfortunately his plane is arriving late in Tampa so we'll hear about some other issues.

We'll hear an interview that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave to the PBS Newshour on President Obama's budget proposal.

We'll hear the first half of that [crank call by a Buffalo blogger to the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker](http://www.readersupp...

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Wisconsin governor admits union busting policy could spread to Florida listen

02/23/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In Wisconsin, demonstrators in the capital, Madison, gathered for a ninth day to oppose anti-union legislation. Inside, a marathon session was underway in the Assembly, where Democrats have introduced dozens of amendments and made long speeches criticizing the bill. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been duped by a blogger posing as one of the powerful Koch brothers. In the [recorded phone conversation](http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948732/-Busted:-Scott-Walker-fell-for-Prankster...

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Protests Against Wisconsin's Governor- Will They Spread To Other States?

02/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year are

beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in a large reduction in power for public employee unions.

But massive protests and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin this week have shown that the Republican efforts can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns.

Wisconsin's governor is going for major change - an end to collective bargaining for public employees, plus additional costs to their pens...

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