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National workers' strike hits Tampa Dunkin' Donuts listen

12/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Fast food workers in 100 cities across the country walked off their jobs Thursday as part of a national push to raise the federal minimum wage. Four Dunkin' Donuts employees told managers at a restaurant on East Busch Boulevard in Tampa they were going on strike until the franchise agreed to pay higher wages.

One of the workers is Brittany Wilkerson. She’s been working at that Dunkin' Donuts location for eight months making the federal minimum wage -- $7.79. But for two years prior to tha...

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Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry Says Education Spending at Record Levels; Discusses Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jobs

09/16/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up we’ll speak with the chair of the Florida Republican Party- Lenny Curry. In a series of press releases the Florida GOP has been touting Governor Rick Scott’s record and blasting potential challenger Charlie Crist for abandoning his formerly conservative positions.

We're joined now for a live interview by the chair of the Florida Republican Party Lenny Curry.

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The Hidden Side of Wall Street

05/29/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity guest Les Leopold, Author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour talks with Rob Lorei about a hidden tax that is imposed by Wall Street.

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The tax is responsible for holding back the nation’s economy while enriching a very small number of pe...

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Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

05/22/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

That's according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from the executive pay research firm Equilar.

CEO pay has never been higher. It fell two years straight during the Great Recession but rose 24 percent in 2010 and 6 percent in 2011.

Pay is up partly because a bigger proportion is coming from ...

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Santa takes on Wal-Mart labor issues: VIDEO listen

11/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groups from across the country protested Wal-Mart over the weekend as a show of solidarity with striking workers. Activists from the Tampa Bay area took their action to Pinellas Park on Friday at one of the big box retailer’s busiest stores. One man, Tyler Mitchell dressed as Santa Clause and stood in front of the store’s main entrance asking shoppers to stand in solidarity with Wal-Mart employees, but was quickly asked to leave the property.

Mitchell joined a larger protesting on the...

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Florida farmworkers and supporters refuse food for six days in hopes of better wages listen

03/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today farm workers and their supporters are in the second day of a six-day hunger strike in front of Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland. About 60 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and some of their allies are fasting to protest Publix’s refusal to participate in a program that would provide better working conditions and higher wages for workers who pick tomatoes. Previous protests have led ten companies to participate in the Fair Food program. Gerardo Reyes who works i...

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Labor activists speak out against proposed state legislation that could slash servers' pay listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A proposed state bill would cut tipped workers’ wages by more than half; from $4.65 per hour to $2.13. On Friday afternoon, members of local labor groups protested the legislation at the Outback Steakhouse in Temple Terrace. One of them, Bailey Riley, works as a server at a different chain restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. She said if signed into law, the proposal would pad cor...

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Proposal in Tallahassee would sharply cut wages for restaurant servers, bartenders and those that rely on tips

02/17/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that: "Restaurant servers, bartenders and other Florida workers who rely heavily on tips are (paying close attention to) a plan moving through the Legislature that could slash their hourly wages.

The bill (SB 2106), approved by a Senate committee Thursday, would allow restaurants and other employers to pay their staffs the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 an hour instead of Florida's minimum of $4.65. To qualify, companies would have to guarantee that emp...

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NOW President Terry O'Neill; Open Phones To Discuss President Obama's Speech About Afghanistan

06/23/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming uu we'll have open phones to discuss President Obama's speech last night about a partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. First, three listener comments about yesterday's interview about the pending cut in state worker's pay. Then we'll hear from the president of the National Organization for Women terry O'Neill. NOW is holding it's nationwide convention in Tampa this week. One of the topics to be covered at the convention is...

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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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