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Earlier this summer, Economic Self-Sufficiency Specialists within the Department of Children and Families worked with AFSCME Florida staff representatives to challenge a policy that limited how the

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Miami Springs,FL- Today, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) announced its endorsement of Mayor Carlos Gimenez in his reelection campaign for mayor of Miami-Dade county. AFSCME represents nearly 30,000 workers at Miami-Dade facilities. AFSCME is known as Florida’s fastest growing union, which is part of a 1.6 million member union that advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

For as long as Manuel Rojas-Romero can remember, AFSCME and higher education have always been central parts of his life. But now, these two elements have joined forces for him.

Tallahassee, FL – Today, following a member-led screening process, AFSCME Florida is endorsing several South Florida state legislative candidates for this November’s election.

Reflecting the composition of AFSCME’s membership and issues our communities face, the endorsements announced today span the political spectrum.

For almost two decades, Moby White has served his community as one of four crane operators with Miami-Dade County’s Public Works Department. From safely placing heavy equipment onto the tops of buildings to assisting fire and police personal as a first responder after a hurricane anywhere in the state, White never quits no matter where his job takes him.

AFSCME Florida leaders across North Florida started the new year with an intensive weekend AFSCME Strong training session so, after taking those lessons back to their fellow members, it was time to take the next time and apply what they learned to coworkers who had not joined yet.

While much of the country starts to shed the winter layers, the mild April weather in South Florida proved the perfect temperature for a picnic uniting AFSCME members across Miami-Dade County.

Across the country, the protections that new hires can access from their union during their probationary period can be confusing. This too often allows anti-labor managers to tell new employees they shouldn’t, or even can’t, join the union or turn to them if something comes up.

But in Miami-Dade County, AFSCME Local 199 is fighting back.