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St. Pete union backs Charlie Gerdes re-election to City Council

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The Service Employees International Union Florida is backing St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes for re-election to West St. Pete’s District 1. “I respect him not only as a Council member but also as a human being, said local union chapter chair Brian “Cricket” Brehm. “When we are out there helping our homeless communities, we also see Mr. Gerdes doing all he can to serve them.” The union, which represents the SEIU’s public, healthcare and property services workers in…

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Rick Kriseman overturns suspension of employee who called him a ‘clown,’ will pay lost wages

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The Kriseman administration has overturned an employee’s suspension and agreed to pay her for the work day she missed. Stormwater employee Robin Wynn was suspended Friday for five days based on a comment she posted on social media referring to Mayor Rick Kriseman as a clown. According to union representative Brian “Cricket” Brehm, Wynn will return to work Wednesday. Another meeting Brehm said was scheduled with the city’s human resources staff Tuesday afternoon over a similar issue was canceled. That issue will instead…

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St. Pete City employee suspended for 5-days for social media dig on Mayor Kriseman

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St. Pete storm water employee Robin Wynn was suspended without pay for five days based on a comment made on social media during a City Council meeting Thursday night. According to a St. Pete chapter SEIU steward and chapter chair, Brian “Cricket” Brehm, Wynn reportedly referred to St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman as a “clown” on a Facebook post. Details of the content are not immediately available because Wynn took her Facebook page down after being informed of the pending suspension.…

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Ed Narain among local officials supporting SEIU Fight for $15 campaign for child care workers

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The nationwide campaign to raise the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour is now incorporating that effort to include child care workers. The effort nationally and in Florida is being led by the Service Employees International Union. “We have to share the story to create a groundwell,” said Monica Russo, the president of SEIU Florida State Council, and executive vice president of 1199 SEIU. “We’re not going to get $15 and a union unless we fight for $15!…

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Tampa citizens gather to present their version of a police civilian review board

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Early next month, Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward will present to the Tampa City Council the results of his research about a model for a civilian review board to oversee Tampa Police operations. City Attorney Julia Mandell will also brief the council about her own research into the city’s charter to determine who has the authority — the mayor or the council — to create such a board. Tampa is actually in the minority of big cities in the United States in…

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Dwight Dudley leads call for $15 minimum wage in Florida at St. Pete rally

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The years-long “Fight for $15” for fast-food workers received a huge boost earlier this week after New York officials recommended lifting pay for thousands of fast-food workers throughout the state.  Meanwhile, here in Florida, Miami Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard filed a bill (SB 6) this week that would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. In St. Petersburg, about 20 activists gathered in front of City Hall to seize on the momentum from the New York announcement to call…

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SEIU targets local officials to pass resolutions for immigration relief today

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Today, May 19th, was supposed to be the day when undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents could begin applying for temporary deportation relief and work authorization under a new deferred action program known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). It was announced by President Obama last November as part of his executive actions on immigration, where he also announced an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), which he initially…

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