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Governor surrenders on drug testing state employees lawsuit.

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Authorizes state group insurance program to include high deductible plans; requires employees hired after specified date to participate in high-deductible plan; revises state's monthly contribution for certain employees under state group insurance program; specifies circumstances in which act does not take effect.

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Requiring that actuarial reports for certain retirement plans include mortality tables; revising information to be included in a defined benefit system or plan's annual report to the Department of Management Services; providing a declaration of important state interest, etc.

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Requiring that actuarial reports for certain retirement systems or plans include mortality tables; revising applicability of the Marvin B. Clayton Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Act; authorizing a municipal services taxing unit that enters into an interlocal agreement for fire protection services with another municipality to impose an excise tax on property insurance premiums, etc.

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Requiring that firefighter and police officer pension plans meet the requirements of ch. 175 and 185, F.S., in order to receive certain insurance premium tax revenues; revising the method of creating and maintaining firefighters' and police officers’ retirement trust funds; providing that the use of premium tax revenues may deviate from the requirements of ch. 175 and ch. 185, F.S., under certain circumstances, etc.

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Public Officers and Employees: Specifying eligibility of a death benefit payment to the surviving spouse, child, or joint annuitant of a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter employed by a state agency; providing that benefits are paid by the State Risk Management Trust Fund; authorizing specified political subdivisions to offer a death benefit, etc.

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Florida Retirement System: Revising eligibility for the purchase of credit for military service; declaring that the act fulfills an important state interest, etc.

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House Speaker Crisafulli puts brakes on FRS overhaul!

Gov. Rick Scott is recommending the elimination of more than 1,000 state-worker positions as part of his budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Read More.....

President Jeanette Wynn has led a push to get the largest percentage of Gadsden county voters to the polls in history. During her tenure as president of AFSCME, Gadsden county has been a consensus leader in voter turnout. And in 2014, her efforts has been as aggressive as anytime during her tenure.

Watch MSNBC tonight at 6:00 PM EST as he discusses his recent visit to Miami with AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

 LOCATIONS

 The Regional Director, under the direction of the Council President, coordinates delivery of services to affiliated local unions, and supervises the planning of resources and personnel of the Jacksonville Regional Office. Position is responsible for development and implementation of training programs, arbitration and labor contract negotiations, external organizing campaigns, as well as political action to promote membership growth.

Must be able to travel throughout the State of Florida, have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and be insurable at the Council’s required levels. Individual will be required to successfully pass the Council’s background screening. Position closes July 10, 2014. Interested applicants are to email a resume, and cover letter with desired salary to (click here to email your resume and cover letter).

AFSCME Florida Council 79
3064 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-222-0842
Contact: Lisa Shannon, Business Manager
Email: busmanager@afscmefl.org

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AFSCME'S Mike Ebersol Says the legislature has unfinished business.

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Jack Didenedetto, President Wynn and Richard Flamm(as pictured) Made the rounds of the Capitol speaking about AFSCME Council 79 issues.

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Glenn Holcomb, President Local 3041 Speaks to Legislators about pay raises for state employees.

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 Repbulican Senator Greg Evers opposes FRS overhaul, unless employees get a 50 percent pay raise. Read more HERE

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State Worker Deserve Respect

A recent opinion piece in the Tallahassee Democrat – Our Opinion: The Usual
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20140305/OPINION01/303050001/Our-Opinion-usual
pointed out Gov. Rick Scott’s failure to acknowledge state workers in his recent State of the State. AFSCME Florida Council 79 President Jeanette Wynn had the following response to the op-ed:

It wasn’t much of a State of the State address the governor delivered, because he hasn’t been much of a leader for all in the state of Florida.
I have lived and worked in the Tallahassee area all my life. I started my career as a state hospital technician and later worked as a rehabilitation specialist. I have been a union activist for more than four decades and never have state workers been more disrespected by a governor. Therefore his blatant omission of the very people who keep the state operational doesn’t surprise those of us who suffered the most since his election.
Year after year he has chipped away at our paychecks and our retirement. We are the first to make sacrifices when times are difficult and the last to be compensated when the state is doing well.
Governor, we are not the enemy. We are the people who maintain the state highways so that Floridians and tourists can travel safely throughout the state. We are the office staff who analyze and translate state laws; we work in state mental health facilities; we are probation officers, juvenile justice workers, librarians and fingerprint specialists. We are teachers, firefighters and police officers, and we are Floridians worthy of recognition and respect.

President Jeanette Wynn
AFSCME Florida Council 79
 

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