How will St. Pete budget crisis affect services and employees?

05/27/09 Robert Lorei
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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 city employees. They are Rick Smith, an organizer, and Robin Turner the vice president of the Florida Public Service Union, the group that represents blue collar and clerical workers in St. Petersburg.

There are about 1,500 blue collar, police, clerical and fire rescue workers in St. Petersburg. Because of proposed budget cuts, the current mayor is suggesting that as many as 100 of those workers be laid off. Robin and Rick are here to give us the worker's perspective on the budget issues. They and a group of fellow workers plan to attend the mayoral forum taking place in St. Petersburg tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the G. Carter Woodson African American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. South.

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