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Outraged that most of the money collected through Florida's state-employee charity drive ended up in the pockets of the company overseeing it, state Sen. Bill Montford said he's working on a bill that would fix the problem.

Jacqueline Milton-Herring’s day starts well before the sun rises. For most of 20 years, this AFSCME Local 1184 member has been a dedicated employee of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She has been a bus aide and a bus driver. This means her day, like that of her coworkers, starts well before most people’s alarms go off. Their responsibility: make sure that students make it to school safely and on time.

Earlier today, the 1.6-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, endorsed Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. AFSCME’s 35-person International Executive Board voted overwhelmingly today to follow the guidance of members based on feedback collected over the past six months, including polling data showing nearly two thirds of AFSCME members would vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Ask almost anyone in south Florida about the year 1972 and they likely will talk about the Miami Dolphins, which that year became the first, and still only, NFL team to go undefeated. But two other seemingly unrelated events also took place that year that would eventually go on to have an impact on thousands of lives.

Elsa Lina Clark has only been an AFSCME member for a month, but she’s already AFSCME Strong.

Clark, an electronic document technician for the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources, joined the union after the union stepped in to help a friend and coworker who was being mistreated by a supervisor.

“The union functions well,” says Clark, who is a member of AFSCME Local 199, Council 979.

When Darryl Lamar started working for the City of Jacksonville as a code compliance officer a year and a half ago, one of the things he missed about his previous jobs with Bell South and AT&T was his strong union voice through the Communications Workers of America (CWA).