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Retiree leaders from across the country attended the AFSCME Retirees Council meeting that was held on Sunday and Monday, ushering in exciting new changes while fortifying members

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal

Since the 1880s, dedicated municipal employees had operated Jacksonville’s water and sewer systems. Expanded to include an electric system in 1895, the arrangement is even part of the city’s charter. In 1968, Jacksonville Electric Authority became JEA as it grew into an independent, but publicly run, authority as it included customers in surrounding counties.

When AFSCME members stand together, we have power in numbers. Together, we can defend our freedom to take our loved ones to the doctor when they get sick and retire with dignity some day. Together, we have the power to make our voices heard at work and in our democracy. That’s our AFSCME Agenda.

AFSCME women represent more than half of our union’s membership. Women are leading the charge to create change for working families. Given the challenges facing our union and the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, it is imperative for AFSCME women to be prepared to lead.

Last fall, the members of AFSCME Local 1363 overwhelmingly approved a strong new contract that promised to strengthen AFSCME’s voice for the workers within Miami-Dade County’s Jackson Health System and improve services to the community.

This originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union

Question: Would a private utility better serve the city of Jacksonville and the JEA ratepayers of Northeast Florida better than JEA?

Answer: It is the official position of the JEA union leadership that a privatization of JEA would have severe, harmful and long-term detrimental economic impacts on all stakeholders.

Proposed reasons to privatize JEA

Tallahassee – Today, state employees across Florida are reacting to the news that Governor Rick Scott has launched his much-expected campaign for U.S. Senate with fear and disgust.
 
Not once as governor did Scott take the lead in investing in Florida’s services and those who provide them. He looked at the men and women who wake up every day and make Florida happen as his enemy.

Recently, AFSCME Florida won a class-action grievance on behalf of state employees. An employee at the Department of Health and another at the Department of Children and Families had both been put on leave pending investigations. However, both were under the impression that they were on Administrative leave until they were informed by management, following their Predetermination hearings, about a new policy that allows them to "Compel" an employee to use their accrued annual leave when out during an investigation.

Last week, voters in Manatee County Florida said yes to a tax increase to address a crisis in teacher and support staff retention. Workers with AFSCME Local 1584, the union representing approximately 1000 school support staff, praised the surprise passage of the referendum as an important victory for the entire community.

“You can’t have quality schools without quality jobs for the teachers and staff who serve our students and families.  This is a big step forward and a win for the entire community,” said Deanna Howell, President of Local 1584 and Bus Driver for 13 years.