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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

New Florida law threatens labor unions, and six years since Parkland 

 Members of the 199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the state’s largest union of healthcare workers, rallied on May 11, 2023.
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Members of the 199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the state’s largest union of healthcare workers, rallied on May 11, 2023.

This week on The Florida Roundup, we discuss how a new state law is eliminating public unions that had represented tens of thousands of workers. And six years later, we remember the Parkland 17 and look at how March For Our Lives has impacted the NRA. Plus, we hear about a Florida man stealing the Super Bowl spotlight and another Florida man who did something no one else has done in a Super Bowl — and now is going to the Hall of Fame.

Public sector unions face decertification threat under new Florida law 

A WLRN investigation looks into how a new state law is eliminating labor unions that had represented tens of thousands of state and public government workers. The law requires most public sector unions to have at least 60% of their members pay dues — and if not, the unions have to be re-certified. We hear from the reporter behind that investigation as well as the law’s sponsor in the Florida House.

Guests:

  • Danny Rivero, investigative reporter for WLRN News. 
  • Rep. Dean Black, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Nassau and part of Duval County).  


Six years after Parkland 

Six years ago, the deadliest high school shooting in America happened in Florida. 17 people were killed and 17 were injured when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Victims, families and neighbors gathered on Wednesday to remember those lost and hurt. WLRN Reporter Gerard Albert was there and shared their story.

For years, the National Rifle Association has served as a bulwark against gun regulations even as some experts say gun violence has reached epidemic levels. After three decades of leadership, Wayne LaPierre resigned from the NRA. As WLRN’s Kate Payne reports, his departure is thanks in part to the movement started by student survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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