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Service Employees Union endorses Darden Rice for St. Pete Council re-election

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Darden Rice received a major endorsement Thursday from the Service Employees International Union in her re-election bid to the St. Petersburg City Council. SEIU stands for city workers in St. Petersburg. Rice now serves as City Council chair. “Darden Rice is a true champion for the working people of St. Petersburg,” said Alphonso Mayfield, President of SEIU Florida Public Services Union, in a statement Thursday. “Her work on the Wage Theft Program, fair hiring practices and other pro-worker initiatives show…

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Trump Resistance Roadshow, Earth2Trump, coming to St. Pete

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Earth2Trump, a cross-country roadshow heading to Washington, D.C., that organizers say will build a vast network of resistance to incoming President Trump is coming to St. Petersburg. The tour is organized by the Center for Biological Diversity in coordination with Food and Water Watch, Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Caloosa Riverkeeper, and many more local groups. Beginning today in Oakland and Seattle, a pair of Earth2Trump roadshows plan to  tour the country, stopping in 16 cities as…

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Latino vote continues to build in Florida with a week out

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By all accounts, the Latino vote is up in Florida in early voting and vote-by-mail, but down in black precincts. That’s a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton, who is looking for a strong turnout among both groups in her battle to defeat Donald Trump in the Sunshine State. On a conference call Tuesday, Maria Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigration Coalition and FLIC Votes, announced 359,000 Latinos had voted as of Monday in Florida, a record this early out before Election Day.…

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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 3.28.16 — 13 states to raise their minimum wage this year — Florida won’t be one of them

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In California, lawmakers reached a tentative deal this past weekend that would lead to an increase in the Golden State’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years. The agreement also includes the caveat that the wage increase could be halted during economic downturns, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. This action occurs while the federal minimum wage continues to remain at $7.25 an hour. In, Florida it’s $8.05 an hour. In recent years in Tallahassee, there have…

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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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