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AFSCME Florida executive director Andy Madtes released the following statement on the GOP tax plan released today. AFSCME Florida will mobilize members, retirees and allies to put pressure on Congressional members from both parties to reject this plan:

When working people have the freedom to come together in strong unions, entire communities benefit. Unions give everyday working people the power in numbers they need to make their communities safer and stronger, and they are critical to fixing an economy rigged in favor of the rich and powerful.

Whether it’s EMS workers negotiating for better staff ratios that decrease emergency response times, or teachers speaking up together for smaller class sizes, this report underscores that strong unions are needed now more than ever.

This summer, the members of AFSCME Local 1363 decided it was time to breathe new life into their union. They came together to plot a new path forward so they could strengthen AFSCME’s voice for the workers within Miami-Dade County’s Jackson Health System and improve services to the community.

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season may not be over yet (it ends Nov. 30), but its history is already being written. As The Washington Post pointed out in a recent article, “The extreme ferocity of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be talked about for decades.”

Welcome from AFSCME Florida Executive Director Andy Madtes

Our state, and our union, was put to the test over these past few months. Between prepping for the storm, dealing with evacuations and, now, the rebuilding process, there is not a single part of the state that was spared from Hurricane Irma’s impact.

When the City of Hallandale Beach passed a budget late last month it was a long time coming. And while the headlines focused on the sausage-making process that the city commission took to finally get to that point, and the intense nature that have become common for this South Florida community, it also represented a huge victory for the city employees of AFSCME Local 2009.

Over the past few years, the City of Daytona Beach has seen rapid growth when it comes to residents, businesses and visitors to the capital of Florida’s “surf coast.” That growth is was made possible in part by the hardworking city employees who are members of AFSCME Local 2066. And in their new two-year contract, members made sure they get to share in some of the prosperity they have created.

Facing long odds going into Election Day, AFSCME members helped to pull off an unexpected 1,664 vote victory in a Florida state senate special election on behalf of a strong support of labor.