Although AFSCME has represented Florida public employees in various locations for decades, it was not until the constitutional and legal reforms of the early 1970s unleashed a torrent of organizing drives targeting public employees. In the 1970s, AFSCME became the collective bargaining agent for the professional, human service, administrative/clerical and operational services units in state government.
In 1979, AFSCME International recognized the union's extraordinary success in Florida by chartering Florida Public Employees Council 79, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Today, AFSCME Council 79 is the second largest union in Florida with 90 locals representing approximately 110,000 employees of the state, state universities, cities and counties, school boards and private nonprofit hospitals. Our members are served by seven regional offices and a professional staff of 33, including lawyers, staff representatives, lobbyists, contract negotiators, organizers, trainers and political action representatives. Florida is able to draw upon the resources and expertise of AFSCME International and its 1.3 million members.
As the elected AFSCME Council 79 President and the Florida/Caribbean International Vice President, Jeanette D. Wynn is the state's highest-ranking African-American woman labor leader. President Wynn stands at the forefront of the fight to protect Florida's public services and public employees from Governor Bush's plans to cut state government by 25 percent, privatize many vital services and abolish the civil service system that protects the public from political patronage.
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AFSCME Florida Leadership
AFSCME Council 79 is governed by elected officers and an executive board. Elected statewide officers are President Wynn, Treasurer Jeanette Bartley and Secretary Ketha Otis. AFSCME Council 79 has great diversity, not just in ethnicity, but in the wide variety of employees represented - from hospital nurses to school bus drivers to accountants. Representing that employment diversity on the board are state vice presidents who chair conference boards for state, university, school board, city/county and private-sector local unions. The conference chairs are elected by vote of the locals on each board. Florida's regional diversity is reflected in each council region electing executive board members from their area. Trustees are elected statewide to ensure the integrity of financial audits. Grassroots political decisions are made by PEOPLE (political) committees in each region comprising the local presidents and an elected chair in those areas.
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