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Meet Frances Gillum, mother of AFSCME Florida's endorsed candidate for Governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, and card carrying member of AFSCME Retirees of Florida.

LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

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There are few better ways to be fired up for the start of the next school year than to end the current one with recognition for your hard work and dedication. That is exactly what has happened for the 34 AFSCME Local 1184 members nominated for Miami-Dade County Public Schools Support Personnel of the Year awards.

And for the five employees who won, it was an unforgettable evening. 

We dig into the issues our coworkers face, explore opportunities to build our local, enforce our contract and grow our voice on the job. But as we do this we can easily forget that our worksites are often near those of other AFSCME locals, that our communities are home to members from many difference locals and that someone else may already have come up with solution to the problem we are struggling with. 

Our work changes. What we do, how we do it and where we do it often evolves over the course of our career. For custodial workers in Miami-Dade County, demographic and budget changes have created situations where is far too much real estate to be properly cleaned and maintained by the staff allocated to do it.

The 2017 Florida Legislative session was one filled with contrasts. Contrasts between the priorities of each chamber. Contracts between the will of the Legislature and the wishes of Governor Scott. Contrasts between the process laid out by leadership at the beginning and the actual way important and massive legislation came together by the end of the extended session.

AFSCME Florida executive director Andy Madtes released the following statement on today’s announced state budget agreement:

“For too long the men and women who have made Florida one of the premier places to raise a family, grow a business or enjoy retirement have done so without their hard work being justly compensated. No longer.

Christopher Cummings’ life is a study in contrasts.

Where he was once homeless and alone, he is now a husband and father of four. Where he once ate out of a garbage can, he is now a proud public service worker who drives a garbage truck for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Where he once “ran around doing wrong,” he now serves his community on those very same streets and neighborhoods, helping make his community a better, cleaner place every day.

Photos from this special event can be seen by clicking here.

This April marked the 49th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while he was in Memphis supporting an AFSCME sanitation workers strike. Dr. King went to Memphis in 1968 to call attention to the plight of these workers, who were striking for better wages and working conditions, and recognition of their union.

With Florida’s 2017 legislative session passing the halfway mark, many critical issues facing AFSCME members remain in flux. While the attacks to retirement security, health care and even the very right to a democratic voice on the job continue, the weeks of incredible outreach over the phones, in person and at events around the state by AFSCME members and allies have had a real impact.