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Meet Frances Gillum, mother of AFSCME Florida's endorsed candidate for Governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, and card carrying member of AFSCME Retirees of Florida.

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall.

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

AFSCME Florida Members Endorse Andrew Gillum for Governor

Nikki Fried Endorsed for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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Tallahassee – Today, the hardworking men and women who help make Florida happen every day enthusiastically voted to endorse Andrew Gillum to be the state’s next governor.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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’ commitment to fighting for their union. 

A new class of officers was elected, and outgoing council officers, including Chair Gary Tavormina, president of New York Chapter 82; Vice-Chair Phyllis Zamarrippa, president of Colorado Chapter 76; and James “Jimmy” Moore, CSEA retiree and president of North Carolina Subchapter 165, were honored.

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 rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

After the Supreme Court ruling, a message to my fellow former fair-sharers

When the City of Dania Beach approved the redevelopment of prime real estate along I-95 and within a stone’s throw of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Port, it was clear this would be a multi-year project.