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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.  

A federal court has ruled in favor of working families and against wealthy special interests in D

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.

One had only been an AFSCME member for a month, another for about a year. A third had a year-and-a-half of public service under his belt. But all three members had one thing in common: a determination to join together to have the strongest possible voice for themselves and their co-workers in the workplace.

The way they're doing that is through AFSCME Strong, our union’s program to communicate, one-on-one, with fellow workers to highlight the importance of sticking together to make our voices heard.

Tallahassee, FL – AFSCME Florida released the following statement from executive director Andy Madtes on the lack of a pay raise for state employees in this state legislative session:

A new report released this week by the Department of Management Service, State Personnel System Annual Workforce Report for Fiscal Year 2014-15, puts into black and white what the failure to invest in state workers, and the services they provide, really looks like.