Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to affirm its support for providing living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions to paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others who are vital to our public education system.

The time is now to stand up for your right to a good job with fair pay, benefits, safe workplaces, security and the respect and dignity your union contract offers. Anti-worker legislation in Tallahassee (SB 256/HB 1445) attacks public workers simply because we are public workers. Join the Town Hall nearest you and take action to protect your freedoms, your family and your community.

  • How does this legislation threaten my contract? 

Statement from AFSCME Florida Jacksonville office: 

More than 1,000 past and present Duval County Public Schools custodians will receive an estimated $200,000 in back pay and benefits after leaders with AFSCME Local 2941 (AFSCME Florida Council 79) took legal action. According to arbitrator Jeanne Charles, employees were being unfairly stripped of years, sometimes more than a decade, of seniority by a district contractor. She ruled on the side of AFSCME members saying that since the workers were continuously employed by the district’s contractor they should have retained seniority and benefits.

Tallahassee – AFSCME Florida Council 79 President and International Vice President Vicki Hall released the following statement today on the introduction of anti-worker legislation, SB256:  

AFSCME wholeheartedly supports the newly reintroduced Richard Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), which would make it easier for workers in the private sector to form strong unions.