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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.

It is often said that a tragedy can bring families closer. For far too many Floridians, including many AFSCME members, Hurricane Irma has resulted in a rebuilding effort that will take weeks, even months, to put their lives back together.

For Stephanie Rohling, a Department of Transportation weight inspector and member of AFSCME Local 3104 in Punta Gorda, it has resulted in the loss of her family’s house. But it has also resulted in her becoming closer to her AFSCME family.

With Election Day in the special election for Senate District 40 almost here, the AFSCME SEIU Florida PAC is continuing its strong push to turn out the more than 6,000 workers represented by the two unions that live in the district.

The joint program, which has focused heavily on in-depth door-to-door conversations over the past few months, sent two additional direct mail pieces to drive working families to participate in the last weekend of Early Vote or on Election Day.

Both pieces in support of Annette Taddeo are in English and Spanish.

Most times, you can find longtime AFSCME member Bert Walthour serving the City of Miami Beach as a heavy equipment operator. He and his coworkers at Local 1554 (AFSCME Florida), where he serves as vice president, make one of the world’s most iconic cities function every day.

But these past few weeks have been anything but normal, not since forecasters put Florida squarely in Hurricane Irma’s path.

 

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2017

AFSCME SEIU Florida PAC Sends Direct Mail Pieces to Drive Members to Participate in Early Vote

As AFSCME members continue to help our communities rebuild, AFSCME Florida wants to make sure you have as much recovery information as possible. To find the previous information we shared, click here.

UPDATE - YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFO HERE

We hope you and your family are safe following Hurricane Irma. While the winds and rains have passed, the hard work of putting our lives and communities back together is just beginning.

Many of you worked countless hours leading up to the storm and continue to do so. Your heroic work underscores that AFSCME members never quit on our neighbors and coworkers. This is not just a job, it is a calling, now more than ever.

We still don’t know where exactly Irma is going to land, but that’s exactly why you should be preparing now.  The 5 a.m. update from the National Weather Service spelled out what we all should know by now - the threat of impacts to Florida continue to increase.

One Friday, 70 Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts employees receive layoff notices before their workday is over. The very next Friday, those same employees receive notices that the layoffs have been cancelled, their jobs are saved and the services they provide are not being cut.

So what happened over that one week that resulted in $2 million in funding being found? AFSCME Local 199 happened.