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State workers feel short-changed on hurricane days

 James Call, Democrat Capitol Reporter 8:02 a.m. EDT September 14, 2016

  

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article99669287.html

Hardworking Floridians put in the time every day to take care of our families. We work to put food on the table, to put ourselves through school, to pay for the piano lessons and the baseball league. Our hard work allows our economy to thrive and our work is what makes America great.

Miami Springs,FL- Today, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced its endorsement of Mayor Carlos Gimenez in his reelection campaign for mayor of Miami-Dade county. AFSCME represents nearly 30,000 workers at Miami-Dade facilities. AFSCME is known as Florida’s fastest growing union, which is part of a 1.6 million member union that advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

For as long as Manuel Rojas-Romero can remember, AFSCME and higher education have always been central parts of his life. But now, these two elements have joined forces for him.

Tallahassee, FL – Today, following a member-led screening process, AFSCME Florida is endorsing several South Florida state legislative candidates for this November’s election.

Reflecting the composition of AFSCME’s membership and issues our communities face, the endorsements announced today span the political spectrum.

For almost two decades, Moby White has served his community as one of four crane operators with Miami-Dade County’s Public Works Department. From safely placing heavy equipment onto the tops of buildings to assisting fire and police personal as a first responder after a hurricane anywhere in the state, White never quits no matter where his job takes him.

AFSCME Florida leaders across North Florida started the new year with an intensive weekend AFSCME Strong training session so, after taking those lessons back to their fellow members, it was time to take the next time and apply what they learned to coworkers who had not joined yet.