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In an article for Florida Politics, Michael Moline details the latest report on the health of the state's retirement system after a meeting of the Florida Investment Advisory Council.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders lashed out at the Trump administration after President Donald Trump signed a s

Recently, AFSCME Florida won a class-action grievance on behalf of state employees. An employee at the Department of Health and another at the Department of Children and Families had both been put on leave pending investigations. However, both were under the impression that they were on Administrative leave until they were informed by management, following their Predetermination hearings, about a new policy that allows them to "Compel" an employee to use their accrued annual leave when out during an investigation.

Last week, voters in Manatee County Florida said yes to a tax increase to address a crisis in teacher and support staff retention. Workers with AFSCME Local 1584, the union representing approximately 1000 school support staff, praised the surprise passage of the referendum as an important victory for the entire community.

“You can’t have quality schools without quality jobs for the teachers and staff who serve our students and families.  This is a big step forward and a win for the entire community,” said Deanna Howell, President of Local 1584 and Bus Driver for 13 years.

The Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami recently was packed with the women who really make the vibrant South Florida community run as the hotel was the site of the South Florida AFL-CIO’s Women of Labor reception.

Nine women were honored for their work to better the lives of workers and families across the region through political and legislative action, grassroots mobilization and community service efforts.

Earlier this week, the NBA’s Miami Heat held their Ninth Annual Black History Month Challenge at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Students from two local schools — Miami Central High School (Miami-Dade) and Dillard High School (Broward) — competed against each other by answering Black History trivia questions.

This year, members from AFSCME Locals 199, 1184, 1542, 2862 and 3292 helped to sponsor the event and were in attendance to participate in a short speaking program highlighting AFSCME’s I AM 2018 initiative.

MOMENT OF SILENCE HELD IN SOUTH FLORIDA IN REMEMBRANCE OF MEMPHIS SANITATION WORKERS KILLED IN 1968, SPARKING PIVOTAL STRIKE

Memorial Activity is one of many I AM 2018 Campaign Events Observing 50th Anniversary of Strike and Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

PHOTOS OF THE EVENTS CAN BE FOUND HERE

AFSCME Florida proudly represents the men and women who make Manatee County Public School happen every day. The bus drivers who make sure our children get to school and home safely every day, the custodians who ensure they have a safe and health place to learn, the food service workers who keep their minds and bodies healthy and the rest of their coworkers in AFSCME Local 1584 never quit on our community.

Today, members unite in strongly endorsing a yes vote on the March 20 measure to better fund Manatee County Public Schools