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While much of the country starts to shed the winter layers, the mild April weather in South Florida proved the perfect temperature for a picnic uniting AFSCME members across Miami-Dade County.

Across the country, the protections that new hires can access from their union during their probationary period can be confusing. This too often allows anti-labor managers to tell new employees they shouldn’t, or even can’t, join the union or turn to them if something comes up.

But in Miami-Dade County, AFSCME Local 199 is fighting back.

 Jeff Burlew, Democrat senior writer 11:14 p.m. EDT April 16, 2016

 

Democrats across Florida will be picking their national convention delegates next month in a process far different — and with a bit less intrigue — than the GOP’s.

“Miami overrun with kittens, cuddlers wanted,” “Dream Come True: Miami in Need of Kitten Cuddlers” screamed the headlines. Facebook, Twitter and other social media recently lit up after the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department announced that it is looking for help to care for very young orphaned kittens.

The below post from AFSCME Retiree member Dr. Richard Hopkins first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat.

I am glad to see both California and New York deciding to move their minimum wage to $15 per hour over a period of several years (slightly less outside New York City). What would the impact be on Florida state government if it were raise the minimum hourly wage for state employees to $15?

Sherika Roberts really enjoys her job handling reemployment assistance benefits for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“I feel that I am helping people build a better life for themselves and their family by overcoming the hurdles life throws at us,” said the eight-year employee and member of AFSCME Local 3037.

Studies have shown that the limited availability of paid parental leave in the United States is a great injustice to millions of working women and men, a significant contributor to wage inequality and a detriment to the economic health of our country.

AFSCME: Get out of Northwood now

Union leader says workers should be allowed to tele-work until new office space is located

By James Call, Democrat Capitol Reporter, March 25, 2016

The union representing state workers is calling for an immediate and full review of buildings and complexes housing state offices.  Andy Madtes, AFSCME Florida executive director endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to vacate the Northwood Centre in Tallahassee.