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Tampa fast-food workers will travel to Mcdonald's HQ to protest working conditions

05/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Bleu Rainer, McDonalds, minimum wage, coverage gap, Medicaid, The Gap, Jordana Goldmann, Christopher Cogle, wmnf, Rob Lorei


We kick-off this morning's Radioactivity with an interview with Bleu Rainer, a Tampa McDonald's cook that will travel to the company's headquarters in Illinois to call for an increase in wages for its employees. Rainer wants a living raise and right to unionize for the restaurants employees, saying that the minimum wage that many of them receive keeps them trapped in poverty. He is one of a dozen local workers that will be protesting the Mcdonald's annual shareholder's meeting next week.


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Local workers call for increase of minimum wage to $15 an hour. listen

04/01/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: minimum wage, working conditions, McDonalds, health care, child care, Bleu Rainer, MiAudras Harris, Nadaije Paul Jajoute, Cole Bellamy, WMNF Rob Lorei


Many workers spanning industries from retail, food service, health care and academia make just above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Health care benefits, vacation time and paid maternity leaves are often non-existent. Today we talk to four local workers who are advocating for an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour , as part of the national Fight for 15 campaign, which on March 31 called for a general worker strike on Wednesday April 15. Joining us are Mcdonalds employee ...

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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


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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PETA “chicks” in bikinis protest Tampa McDonald's for chain’s chicken cruelty listen

04/29/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Why were two slender young women wearing yellow bikinis and waving at traffic in front of a McDonald’s on 50th street in Tampa this morning? The activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, were drawing attention to what they say are inhumane chicken-killing practices in the slaughterhouses of McDonald’s suppliers.

Arthur Andrews from Tampa was passing by and says the information he learned from the PETA spokespeople will keep him away from eating at McDonald's...


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