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Rowdies fall 1-0 on Union’s late goal in exhibition opener

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies started play in their Suncoast Invitational – part of their preseason – in good fashion Saturday night. The Rowdies lost, 1-0, to the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. The Union scored its only goal after coach Stuart Campbell pulled many of his starters, leaving the team exposed for a breakaway goal by Derrick Jones in the 73rd minute. Tampa Bay came within inches of tying the score in the 90th minute when Alex Morrell got a…

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Rowdies compete against MLS teams in Suncoast Invitational

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, hungry to join Major League Soccer, will get a test run over the next few days. Today, the Rowdies start their play in the Suncoast Invitational, which features six MLS teams. The Rowdies will compete with the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, D.C. United and Chicago Fire. Four of the five MLS clubs participating in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational reached the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs including the Eastern Conference champions, Toronto FC, and runners-up, the Montreal…

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune newsroom votes to unionize

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The newsroom staff of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Thursday narrowly voted to unionize, according to the NewsGuild-CWA, which now will represent those employees. The final tally was 22-16, the union said. “We are ready to have a voice and a place at the table where decisions affecting our staff and our service to the community are made,” said Elizabeth Johnson, an investigative reporter who joined the paper in April 2012. “We’re looking forward to exerting that voice through a fair contract.” This makes…

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Rowdies lose second preseason game after disappointing start

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Repeat this to yourself. It doesn’t matter. It is preseason. Practice. Glorified drill work. It doesn’t matter that the Rowdies haven’t won, or that they haven’t scored, in two games. Relax. Calm down. Take a deep breath. All is not lost. Sure, it’s easy to be disappointed in the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union, the ninth place team out of 10 in the MLS’ Eastern Division last year. Frankly, coach Stuart Campbell wasn’t…

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Less than 7 percent of Florida’s workforce is in a union

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A little less than 7 percent of Florida’s workforce is in a labor union. That’s about 546,000 wage-earners who were union members in the Sunshine State last year. The numbers were released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau also says that almost 8.5 percent of Florida’s workforce was covered by unions. That figure includes both union members and nonmembers whose jobs are covered by a union contract. The national rate of union membership was 11.1 percent…

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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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