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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.
 Jeff Burlew, Democrat senior writer 11:14 p.m. EDT April 16, 2016

 

Democrats across Florida will be picking their national convention delegates next month in a process far different — and with a bit less intrigue — than the GOP’s.

“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.