Earlier this week, the NBA’s Miami Heat held their Ninth Annual Black History Month Challenge at the AmericanAirlines Arena.


“Miami overrun with kittens, cuddlers wanted,” “Dream Come True: Miami in Need of Kitten Cuddlers” screamed the headlines. Facebook, Twitter and other social media recently lit up after the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department announced that it is looking for help to care for very young orphaned kittens.

The below post from AFSCME Retiree member Dr. Richard Hopkins first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat.

I am glad to see both California and New York deciding to move their minimum wage to $15 per hour over a period of several years (slightly less outside New York City). What would the impact be on Florida state government if it were raise the minimum hourly wage for state employees to $15?

Sherika Roberts really enjoys her job handling reemployment assistance benefits for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“I feel that I am helping people build a better life for themselves and their family by overcoming the hurdles life throws at us,” said the eight-year employee and member of AFSCME Local 3037.

Studies have shown that the limited availability of paid parental leave in the United States is a great injustice to millions of working women and men, a significant contributor to wage inequality and a detriment to the economic health of our country.

AFSCME: Get out of Northwood now

Union leader says workers should be allowed to tele-work until new office space is located

By James Call, Democrat Capitol Reporter, March 25, 2016

The union representing state workers is calling for an immediate and full review of buildings and complexes housing state offices.  Andy Madtes, AFSCME Florida executive director endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to vacate the Northwood Centre in Tallahassee.

For AFSCME Local 1328 members, AFSCME Strong training was put to the test recently when it came to helping a private-sector subset of their coworkers to a contract win.

AFSCME Florida Executive Director Andy Madtes (center) joined AFSCME Local 1328 Bargaining Committee members (left to right) Genevier Moffett, Sharon Foreman, Iris Smith, Krystal Budars and Aron Olds Jr. to close out a strong negotiating session.

The 2016 Florida Legislative session was a packed two months but, overall, may well be remembered for what didn’t happen – bitter divided fights that led to the special sessions of past years. And for working families, including AFSCME members, there was certainly places where the Legislature failed to move in the right direction or could have done more, but plenty of more places where we won.

For members David Diaz and Corey Taylor, politics is one of the AFSCME activities they enjoy most. From knocking on doors and making calls to fellow members to registering coworkers and writing postcards to neighbors about the issues, they know that the stronger the AFSCME voice at the ballot box, the more respect they will have with elected officials across the region.