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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg listen

10/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Moral Mondays, labor, unions, Florida, Voting, elections

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A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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Group wants $15 minimum wage in St. Pete listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: minimum wage, St. Pete, 15 Now, poverty, labor, Green Party

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A campaign is underway to change the minimum wage in St. Petersburg to fifteen dollars an hour.

For that to happen, a Florida law prohibiting local minimum wages would have to be repealed.

WMNF interviewed Jeff Roby, part of a group called 15 Now and is taking the fight to raise the minimum wage to the St. Pete City Council.

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Army reservist sues Gov. Scott saying he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, labor, lawsuit, Iraq, Afghanistan, Florida

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An Army reservist is suing the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott because he claims he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Walter Kreitlow had been employed in law enforcement since 1989. But he says on his third overseas deployment he was terminated from his position with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In a conference call with reporters this morning, Kreitlow’s attorney Thomas Dickens said in doing so, the Scott ...

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Tampa car dealership makes it easier for women to be auto technicians listen

08/19/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Women's rights, Tampa, labor

Next Tuesday is recognized as Women’s Equality Day; a local car dealership is marking the occasion by making it easier for women to be automotive technicians with separate accommodations.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Rob Elder, president of Elder Automotive Group based in Tampa.

“Pretty much jobs in the automotive world in general are very, very tight [for women]. The obstacles are numerous from not having theown proper facilities for the technicians -- if we are just talking ab...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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Labor activists continue push for $15 minimum wage and fast food unions listen

05/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fast food, minimum wage, Fight for Fifteen, McDonalds, Arby's, labor, unions

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More than 50 fast food workers and their allies flooded the sidewalk in front of McDonald’s on Kennedy Boulevard near downtown Tampa early Thursday morning protesting what they’re calling poverty wages. The rally is part of a worldwide worker’s strike that spans more than 150 cities on 6 continents.

Protesters carried signs saying $15 and a union highlighting their push for a nationwide minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour and the right to unionize without fear of repercussion. Critics of ...

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Labor activists continue push to stop fast food restaurant wage theft listen

04/03/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: McDonald's, fast food, wage theft, minimum wage, labor

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Nationwide protests against low pay and wage theft at fast food restaurants continue. In Tampa, several fast food workers joined community activists at both Wendy’s and McDonald’s Thursday on West Kennedy Boulevard to raise awareness for what they consider unfair treatment of employees. Mareshia Knight works part time at the McDonald’s. She claims she worked 52 hours one week, but wasn’t paid for all of them.

“It’s kind of crazy that they only gave me, like, $12.50 back I think it was. So...

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Labor activists allege wage theft at fast food chains listen

03/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: McDonald's, wage theft, minimum wage, labor unions, labor

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Labor activists in Tampa are taking aim at fast food restaurants they say aren’t paying employees fairly. The debate over minimum wage is still raging, but now workers are worried about something else – wage theft. Yves Higgins is a former part time employee at McDonald's.

“Now I don’t have a way to help my mother pay her bills and it looks like our water is going to be cut off.”

That’s because he says the McDonald's at the corner of Bearss and Florida Avenue didn’t pay him for about f...

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State unemployment website glitches keep some Floridians from their only source of income listen

12/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Unemployment, labor, Rick Scott, Deloitte, Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity

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Glitches in Florida’s new unemployment compensation website have been keeping some people from receiving their only form of income. The CONNECT website launched in October, but still isn’t working up to par. Unemployed people like Susan McGrath say they can’t even get anyone on the phone to answer questions

“What happens is, they’ll say, ‘it’s a high-volume call period, please call back later.’”

McGrath had to wait to file a claim until the new website launched because the old one was ...

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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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Tags: Dunkin Donuts, minimum wage, wages, poverty, labor, unions, strike, Fast Food Strike

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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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