Local workers join nationwide strike to raise the minimum wage; Sunshine Citizens group part of grassroots opposition to TBX project.

By Rob Lorei Today in Tampa,  low wage workers will be walking out of their jobs and rallying at Lykes Gaslight park as part of a nationwide strike organized by Fight for 15 movement, which advocates for a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage and union representation. Joining us to talk about the ongoing push for… Read more »

Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough passes wage recovery ordinance

Hillsborough County now has a way to help employees who are getting short-changed by their bosses; the County Commission unanimously passed a “wage recovery ordinance” Wednesday morning to resolve disputes when a worker claims wage theft. During public comment, Tampa resident Mike Reedy told commissioners the ordinance would help keep disputes over wage theft by workers… Read more »

Aaron Carmella

Tampa labor activist opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday the United States reached agreement with eleven partner countries concluding negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; there’s organized opposition to the TPP from environmental and labor activists, including a field director for the Central Labor Council – Aaron Carmella, who was a guest on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday. We talked about why labor opposes this trade… Read more »

Democratic firebrand Alan Grayson dispatches good news to minimum wage workers

Congressman Alan Grayson urges for Florida low wage earners to unionize. In a roundtable discussion, the congressman spoke with 10 or so minimum-wage workers, last Saturday at Tampa Letter Carriers Hall. Alan Grayson ramps up his campaign for Senator Marco Rubio’s seat by telling workers he’s got their back when in comes to a living… Read more »

April Griffin. WMNF

Hillsborough Schools using temp agency for substitute teachers

This year signs have popped up in front of schools in Hillsborough County by a large temporary work agency seeking teachers; does this mean there’s a major teacher shortage? This week WMNF News put that question to School Board member April Griffin, who said the district is always looking to hire new teachers but they’ve… Read more »

Adolphus Parker

Homeless Helping Homeless to reduce services after raid

A grassroots homeless charity group in Tampa is in danger of reducing services because of a police raid and code citations last week. Homeless Helping Homeless provides several services including emergency shelter. But the group is being forced out of its primary headquarters. Adolphus Parker is president and founder and says he thinks Homeless Helping… Read more »

10 years after Katrina: Who is being left out of New Orleans’ Renaissance?

this Saturday marks the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the northern gulf coast, devastating New Orleans as the storm overwhelmed its aged levee system and flooded 80 percent of the city, leaving over 1800 dead. Over the last few years New Orleans has experienced what many see as a renewal with as it economy… Read more »

Rep. David Jolly calls Trump a liar, takes hard line on Obamacare and Iran deal

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews  13th District Congressman David Jolly, who makes his case for his run for the senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for president. Jolly outlines his positions on the the Affordable Care Act, current foreign policies regarding Iran and ISIS, and Social Security. He also calls Donald… Read more »

Columnist Dan Tilson takes issue with job growth stats; Sierra Club clarifies stance on transit

Governor Rick Scott announced yesterday that in June Florida had the highest job growth among the 10 most populous states, according to a job growth report released by ADP research institute. The report found that Florida had a higher job growth rate than Texas and California  at 3.9 percent, which also exceeded  the national average of 2.5 percent…. Read more »