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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.

Last fall, the members of AFSCME Local 1363 overwhelmingly approved a strong new contract that promised to strengthen AFSCME’s voice for the workers within Miami-Dade County’s Jackson Health System and improve services to the community.

This originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union

Question: Would a private utility better serve the city of Jacksonville and the JEA ratepayers of Northeast Florida better than JEA?

Answer: It is the official position of the JEA union leadership that a privatization of JEA would have severe, harmful and long-term detrimental economic impacts on all stakeholders.

Proposed reasons to privatize JEA

Tallahassee – Today, state employees across Florida are reacting to the news that Governor Rick Scott has launched his much-expected campaign for U.S. Senate with fear and disgust.
 
Not once as governor did Scott take the lead in investing in Florida’s services and those who provide them. He looked at the men and women who wake up every day and make Florida happen as his enemy.

Recently, AFSCME Florida won a class-action grievance on behalf of state employees. An employee at the Department of Health and another at the Department of Children and Families had both been put on leave pending investigations. However, both were under the impression that they were on Administrative leave until they were informed by management, following their Predetermination hearings, about a new policy that allows them to "Compel" an employee to use their accrued annual leave when out during an investigation.

Last week, voters in Manatee County Florida said yes to a tax increase to address a crisis in teacher and support staff retention. Workers with AFSCME Local 1584, the union representing approximately 1000 school support staff, praised the surprise passage of the referendum as an important victory for the entire community.

“You can’t have quality schools without quality jobs for the teachers and staff who serve our students and families.  This is a big step forward and a win for the entire community,” said Deanna Howell, President of Local 1584 and Bus Driver for 13 years.

The Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami recently was packed with the women who really make the vibrant South Florida community run as the hotel was the site of the South Florida AFL-CIO’s Women of Labor reception.

Nine women were honored for their work to better the lives of workers and families across the region through political and legislative action, grassroots mobilization and community service efforts.

Earlier this week, the NBA’s Miami Heat held their Ninth Annual Black History Month Challenge at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Students from two local schools — Miami Central High School (Miami-Dade) and Dillard High School (Broward) — competed against each other by answering Black History trivia questions.

This year, members from AFSCME Locals 199, 1184, 1542, 2862 and 3292 helped to sponsor the event and were in attendance to participate in a short speaking program highlighting AFSCME’s I AM 2018 initiative.