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Dolores Huerta reacts to judge’s rebuke of Trump’s DACA cancellation

Dolores Huerta won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her life of organizing workers, especially migrant farmworkers. With Cesar Chavez she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in Fox Hall. WMNF began our interview by asking… Read more »

ACORN Founder Wade Rathke Subject of New Film The Organizer Talks About Community Organizing

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. ACORN was once the largest political movement of low and moderate income people in the US- but it was destroyed by an attack- from conservative media. We’ll look at the history of ACORN this morning and hear from its founder Wade Rathke who will be in St…. Read more »

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Sex worker solidarity group opposes “bathhouse ordinance” in Hillsborough

In the last few months the City of Tampa passed an ordinance trying to cut down on human trafficking by regulating businesses that pose as a massage parlors; but opponents of what’s called the “bathhouse ordinance” are concerned that it hurts victims of sex trafficking. Sydney Eastman, a volunteer with the Sex Worker Solidarity Network,… Read more »

New Film About Veteran Community Organizer Heather Booth Will Be Shown Tonight in Tampa

Radioactivity 3 22 18 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We’ll meet veteran community organizer Heather Booth— who took part in the Civil Rights movement, she was an early a feminist leader and is considered to be one of the country’s most effective progressive organizers. She’s the subject of a new… Read more »

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Hillsborough teachers & supporters rally outside school board meeting

Teachers and their supporters rallied at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Hillsborough County School Board. They’ve demonstrated outside the last several meetings. The executive director of HCTA — the Hillsborough teachers’ union — Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, says they’re no closer to a contract agreement with the school district. Baxter-Jenkins says the local struggle of teachers for fair… Read more »

Teachers and supporters protest outside Sarasota County Schools

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters rallied outside Sarasota County Schools offices Tuesday afternoon; they’re not happy with the latest offer from the school district. On Wednesday, WMNF News interviewed the executive director of the teachers’ union, Barry Dubin of the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association, about the contract negations. “For instance, if the [county’s school tax] referendum… Read more »

Walt Disney World labor unions reject offer

The collection of six labor unions representing 38,000 full time and part-time Walt Disney World employees recently rejected a minor wage increase from the tourism giant. WMNF News interviewed Ed Chambers, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1625 and of the collection of six unions, known as the Service Trades Council… Read more »

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Hillsborough teachers not impressed with bonus offer

Teachers in Hillsborough County are still in labor negotiations with the school district, including for promised pay raises. To find out where things stand after what the teachers consider a weak proposal this week, WMNF News spoke with Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, the executive director of the Hillsborough teacher’s union, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA). Listen:  

How can sexual misconduct be prevented in the workplace?

What can be done to successfully prevent or reduce sexual misconduct in the workplace? Sexual Violence Prevention programs have been established in workplaces for decades. But as a barrage of incident reports flood our news feeds and consciousness, those programs seem useless. What can be done to measurably diminish harassment, violence, and abuse in organizations… Read more »

Taxes would skyrocket for grad student workers under House bill

The Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would dramatically increase taxes paid by graduate students doing much of the teaching and research on university campuses; we speak with two graduate assistants from the University of South Florida. Erin Sauer and Marcy Cockrell are co-presidents of USF Graduate Assistants United. Last Thursday… Read more »