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May Day rally for labor and immigration rights in Ybor City

05/04/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: May Day, Raices en Tampa, SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, Labor Day, labor, unions, workers, immigration, immigrants

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Friday was May First – it was celebrated around the world as May Day, also known as International Workers Day or Labor Day. About 30 people rallied on a sidewalk along 7th Avenue in Ybor City Friday evening chanting about labor rights and immigration rights.

WMNF spoke with an organizer, Alicia Gazga, a member of Raices en Tampa.

Here are more photos from May Day in Ybor City

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Adjunct instructors at USF will join national walkout Wednesday listen

02/24/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, labor, unions, adjunct professors, education, strike, walkout

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Some adjunct instructors will walk out of class Wednesday at noon at USF. The rally is part of a nationwide walkout called National Adjunct Walkout Day where adjunct instructors are protesting the fact that they don’t get the same full-time pay or benefits as their tenure-track colleagues. WMNF News interviewed Cole Bellamy. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and is an adjunct instructor of Eng...

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Fast food workers will strike Thursday in Tampa and across America listen

12/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: labor, unions, strike, Fast Food Strike, minimum wage, Tampa

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Fast food workers across the country and here in Tampa plan on striking this Thursday, demanding a fifteen-dollar an hour wage.

For a preview, this week WMNF interviewed Shetara Brown, a fast food worker at the Taco Bell at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace who makes $8.10 an hour.

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Some Tampa WalMart workers will walk out on day after Thanksgiving listen

11/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Walmart, labor, unions, strike, Tampa

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Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. And advocates for retail workers are using the opportunity to make their struggle for workers’ rights more visible.

Here in Tampa and at several stores across the country some WalMart workers plan to walk out of their jobs on Friday.

For a preview of Friday’s actions in Tampa and across the country, WMNF interviewed Angela Williamson with Our WalMart.

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveils Fair Food Label listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: CIW, Coaliton of Immokalee Workers, labor, unions, farmworkers, fair food, food

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If you want to buy tomatoes that have been grown with the rights of farmworkers in mind, you now have a label to look for.

Friday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveiled a green Fair Food Label.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

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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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In Tampa nurses "die-in" to draw attention to Ebola and lack of preparedness listen

10/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ebola, NURSES, health care, unions

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A second nurse has caught Ebola in a Dallas hospital; here in Tampa nurses drew attention Wednesday afternoon to the dangers of Ebola and to what they say is the lack of preparedness by hospitals.

To do that they staged a "die-in" in Ybor City in front of the Italian Club.

Before the die-in, WMNF interviewed Louise Eastty, a Registered Nurse at an Intensive Care Unit in Pasco County. She is a member of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, the nation's Ebola crisis has...

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Port Tampa Bay dockworker speaks out about political intimidation at workplace listen

09/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, unions, Israel, boycott

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Last weekend was the second major action by a local human rights group calling attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Block the Boat Tampa rallied outside Port Tampa Bay in the rain beginning before sunrise Saturday morning hoping to convince dock workers to respect their picket line and not unload a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company.

The Zim Alabama was delayed because of weather, but eventually was unloaded by longshore...

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Tampa protesters pass out "#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer" at Rick Scott fundraiser listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Awake the State, Awake Pinellas, Awake Tampa, SEIU, unions, Florida for All, high-speed rail, Sabal Trail Pipeline, All Aboard Florida, Tampa

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is attending a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Tampa; and outside, protesters will be handing out hand sanitizers they say will help keep peoples hands free of dirty politics.

WMNF interviewed Ana Tinsly, a spokesperson for Florida for All, one of the groups organizing what they’re calling the “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” protest.

The protest begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Other organizers include Awake Pinellas, Aw...

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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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