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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

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

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I write to express my concerns about Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. One Another way to describe him would be as Wall Street's best friend, as Gorsuch has consistently favored the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else.

Over two days in early March, AFSCME Local 1279 brought to a vote a new multi-year contract with their employer, the city of Jacksonville, Florida. For years, too many years, the city’s budget had been balanced on the backs of working families. Though their commitment to serving their communities never wavered, it was tough to keep up with the rising cost of living when their pay never moved for almost eight years. And the strength of the Local suffered along with the members.

For Tarcara Lamkin, being a state employee means she knows that she is serving her community every day. As a senior clerk with the Florida Department of Health at the Magnolia Women's Health Center, she knows she is an integral part to ensuring that the Jacksonville community is informed and able to take action concerning sexually transmitted diseases.

Ask Terrance Myrick about how things are going at work and, more often than not, in just a few seconds he will steer the conversation to AFSCME.

That is because the Local 2941 member in Jacksonville has learned firsthand how being a union member is about investing in your job not just for today but for the future as well.

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Already this year, American have seen clearly how our Constitution keeps our country strong. First, the world watched the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next and then tens of millions exercised their right to assembly by participating in one of the dozens of Women's Marches across the country, including here in Florida. 

Expanding a union is hard work, especially in a “right-to-work” state like Florida, especially after a national election in which anti-union forces wrested control of the White House and Congress.

Don’t tell that to AFSCME affiliates in Florida.

For millions of Americans, retiring to Florida’s warmth, sun and sand is part of the reward for years of hard work. But former AFSCME members know that fighting hard for their rights and benefits doesn’t end once retirement begins.

If you’ve ever visited the Florida Keys, and spent any time off of dry land, then you’ve visited the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Established in 1990, the marine sanctuary stretches south from border of Miami-Dade County and west until you reach Dry Tortugas National Park.