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PSTA strikes pay-increase deal with transit union, toughens rules on missed work

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has struck a deal that would make its 500 employees the highest-paid transit operators in Central or North Florida. “This is a capstone moment that reflects our organization’s alignment and focus on excellence,” PSTA Board Chairwoman Darden Rice said Thursday. “This shows what you can accomplish when everyone is aligned and working together.” The deal with Service Employees International Union will run for three years and increase base pay for new hires by 2.5 percent…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.24.16 — Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Ted Cruz means … what?

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On why Americans hate politics, example #462. Jeb Bush came out and endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday. As he put it yesterday, “For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.” It’s curious why the former Florida Governor only now is backing Cruz though. Two weeks ago, Bush met up…

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SEIU Florida endorses Pat Frank in Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts race

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The Service Employees International Union Florida (SEIU FL) announced Wednesday that it has endorsed Pat Frank in the race for Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court. “Pat Frank has been on the forefront of social justice and working families issues since she fought to desegregate Hillsborough County schools,” said Alphonso Mayfield, President of SEIU Florida Public Services Union, in a statement.”Pat Frank is the reason that we have the Departments of Elder and Veterans Affairs, mandatory kindergarten and a whistleblower law protecting the public…

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Email Insights: SEIU says lawmakers will pay in 2016 for failure to raise minimum wage

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In a last-day-of-session email blast, the Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union told state legislators that their actions “will cost them at the ballot box.” The labor union was pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and said it will come after lawmakers who didn’t pay attention by “throwing its 55,000-member statewide organization behind a broad push to affect the 2016 elections in Florida, from President to local races.” Miami Sen. Dwight Bullard and Orlando Rep. Victor…

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Patrick Murphy joins in SEIU Florida Minimum Wage Challenge

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy will try to stretch $85 over five days as part of the Florida Minimum Wage Challenge, the Jupiter Democrat announced Wednesday. The Service Employees International Union launched the Minimum Wage Challenge to advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Florida’s minimum wage is currently $8.05 an hour. “As living costs rise, hardworking families have not seen a pay raise for far too long, and they deserve better,” Murphy said. “A meaningful increase in…

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Immigration activists protest in Tampa on anniversary of Obama executive action

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On the first anniversary of President Obama‘s executive actions that would have shielded more than 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation — a move that has been put on hold in the courts — immigration activists groups held demonstrations in Tampa and around the country on Friday to make the occasion. It comes as GOP presidential candidates from Donald Trump on down have had lots of harsh things to say about the issue, with the idea of comprehensive immigration reform…

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In weekend visit in Tampa, Alan Grayson endorses $15 minimum wage, lets loose on Patrick Murphy

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Alan Grayson played devil’s advocate while meeting with a group of Tampa Bay area residents fighting for an increase in Florida’s minimum wage on Saturday afternoon in Tampa. “The argument opponents make is that it might mean fewer jobs,” he said to the group assembled around a rectangular table at the Letter Carriers Hall. “Is anyone here afraid you might lose your job if you had $15 an hour?” To the contrary, several people responded. Grayson later said he would endorse…

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