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Debating the Employee Free Choice Act

02/17/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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There’s a battle looming in Congress between organized labor and big business- it’s over the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. The bill was passed by the House back in 2007- but it’s been filibustered in the Senate since 2007.

President Barack Obama says he supports EFCA. Labor unions say it would make it easier for employees to form unions. They say that over the past 30 years the balance of power has shifted and that companies have gained too much power to fight union organizin...

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Employee Free Choice Act a possibility in Obama administration listen

12/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With a Democratic president and large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, labor organizers are optimistic that pro-union legislation can win passage in 2009. At the top of the wish list is the Employee Free Choice Act. Over the last 20 years, an imbalance has been created between employers and employees, according to Rich Templin, communications director with the Florida AFL-CIO, a labor union that supports the Employee Free Choice Act.

“What th...

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USF Trustees agree to contract with faculty and ponder tuition hike listen

12/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning the University of South Florida Board Of Trustees approved a new contract with its faculty union for the current academic year. The contract was ratified by the union on Wednesday.

Sherman Dorn is an associate professor of education and the president of USF’s chapter of United Faculty of Florida, or UFF. He said 98 percent of employees who voted were in favor of the contract; all members of the bargaining unit were...

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Job fair offers hope to the unemployed listen

07/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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More jobs were lost in the Tampa Bay area in May and June than in any other area of the state, and Florida led the entire nation in job losses in June. With the backdrop of such a dismal employment outlook, WMNF spoke with job seekers and their potential employers at a job fair at the St. Pete Times Forum today.

More than 23,000 people have lost jobs in the Tampa Bay area in just the last two months, bringing the regions unemployment rate to 5.9 percent in June. That’s up from 4.2 percen...

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Firefighters boycott Clearwater listen

06/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month the Florida Professional Firefighters association voted to boycott the City of Clearwater for what Clearwater firefighters are calling “unethical and illegal treatment.”

Firefighters from Clearwater have set up a website called Save Clearwater Fire to publicize their reasons for boycotting the city. John Lee is president of Clearwater Firefighters local 1158.

“Well, we’re just asking our union members statewide to boycott the city of Clearwater due to the unfair treat...

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St Pete Police demand fair negotiations with city listen

06/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On the steps of the St. Petersburg City Hall, the Pinellas County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), today protested what they said was the city’s lack of action on contract negotiations.

Jim Spearing, campaign coordinator for the state PBA in Tallahassee, said there was "frustration" that the St. Pete police have not had any offers on an employment agreement from the city since last October. Spearing said “the turnover rate in this city is appalling.”

With about 30 police off...

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Iorio endorses Obama at rally in Tampa listen

05/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Sen. Barack Obama claimed a major milestone with his win Tuesday in Oregon, wrapping up a majority of the Democratic Party’s pledged delegates. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports from a crowded Obama rally at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa that kicks off a three-day Florida tour.

During his first campaign stop since last fall in the country’s largest swing state, Obama all but claimed victory and the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Before he took the stage, Obama was ...

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Nuclear workers still looking for compensation listen

05/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Beginning in 1957, Pinellas County was home to a plant that built triggers for nuclear weapons. Some of that Largo plant’s former workers claim that they were exposed to toxic substances and are fighting for compensation.

Dave Bossard worked at the General Electric Neutron Devices plant for 34 years and eventually became a supervisor. His duties included supervising the area that contained the chemical storage building. He said the workers were exposed to 473 “deadly toxins … chemic...

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Brian Moore, Socialist for president

05/07/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Spring Hill resident Brian Moore is running for president under the Socialist Party USA ticket. He's a former health care consultant and has run for U.S. Congress twice and the U.S. Senate in 2006.

This is his first run as a socialist. In this interview with WMNF, he discussed socialism, capitalism, health care reform, the invasion of Iraq, tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the impact of military spending on the economy, the other presidential candidates and how he would transform socie...

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Colombian trade deal ratification sought listen

05/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A “free-trade” deal has been negotiated between the United States and Colombia, but it awaits Congressional approval. Last month, Democrats in Congress said they would indefinitely delay a vote on ratification.

Today in Tampa, the Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. joined Florida’s junior Sen. Mel Martinez and some members of the business community to urge Congress to quickly vote to ratify the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco said that under Presi...

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