“This is going to be a game-changer for my household and millions of other retirees like me,” AFSCME Illinois Retiree 

AFSCME members in Hawaii urgently need our help.

The letter to the editor appeared on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in Tallahassee Democrat:

Letters to the Editor 

Support candidates who support Social Security, Medicare

AFSCME Florida’s newest members work for Surfside, a South Florida town that is just one square mile and stretches nine blocks along the Atlantic Ocean.

Town workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first contract last month.

Due to chronic understaffing, workers at Florida State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Chattahoochee, struggle to maintain adequate patient care for the nursing, rehabilitative services and assistance with living needs they provide. AFSCME Florida President and International Vice President Vicki Hall visited the hospital Tuesday, October 25, with state senators Lauren Book and Jason Pizzo to discuss the urgent needs of the patients and workforce there.

Verricka Lamb from the Agency for Health Care Administration

Many AFSCME members work in high-stress fields such as public safety, health care, emergency medical services and firefighting. Their jobs have become even more stressful since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many of these workers to put their and their families’ well-being at risk while serving their communities.

But when these everyday heroes face mental health issues as a result of the high-stress environment and duties that expose them to trauma, they are often expected to deal with such challenges on their own.

It’s time to change that.

Over the next two Sundays, Miami-Dade members, our households and faith communities are being encouraged to vote early and make sure the voices of working families are loud and clear in the General Election. 

Come out for food, fun and family-friendly activities each of the next two Sundays:

Sunday, October 30: 

Inflation Reduction Act town hall

From left: AFSCME Local 1184 President Phyllis Talley, Alaysia Hackett (Department of Labor), Secretary Marty Walsh, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in Miami Tuesday, Oct. 18

Enough was enough, said Willie Perez, of Surfside, Florida, Parking Enforcement