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SEIU backs Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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In what Barclay Harless‘ campaign hopes will be a game changer, the Service Employees International Union Florida Public Services Union (SEIUFPSU) announced it’s endorsing him for St. Petersburg City Council District 2.

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St. Pete City Councilmembers join Fight for 15! movement

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Three members of the St. Petersburg City Council joined activists rallying for a $15 an hour wage and a right to unionize on Tuesday, a “National Day of Disruption” led by organized labor to raise the living wage for low-income workers. “Let’s be clear. The Fight for $15, it’s a lot more than getting $15 an hour,” said Council member Darden Rice. “It’s about dignity, and it’s about respect.” The noon time rally in front of St. Pete City Hall was…

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St. Pete wage boost could be a pay cut for some

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman thought he was doing city workers a favor when he proposed a 3 percent, across-the-board pay raise for all city employees in his fiscal year 2016 budget. It was more than unions for blue- and white-collar workers proposed for its more than 1,250 employees. Yet Kriseman still finds himself amid a wage dispute with the Florida Public Services Union. That’s because under the mayor’s proposal, the highest wage increase the city has proposed in the…

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