Earlier this week, the NBA’s Miami Heat held their Ninth Annual Black History Month Challenge at the AmericanAirlines Arena.


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.

AFSCME Florida Makes Donation to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Tallahassee – Today, as Hurricane Harvey continues to hit Texas and Louisiana with devastating rain and weather, AFSCME Florida announced a $5,000 donation to help those impacted by the storm. The donation to the non-profit AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund will provide relief and immediate assistance to those who have fallen victim to this natural disaster.

Spread across more than 600 acres on two major campuses as well as several branch campuses and research facilities throughout South Florida and the Florida Keys, it has always been a challenge for coworkers to connect at Florida International University. And that has made it hard for AFSCME Local 3346 activists and leaders to communicate all the success they have had for their coworkers.

Tallahassee – This week, state employees that are part of the AFSCME Florida bargaining unit voted 99.5% in favor of a new three-year master contract. Voting took place on Wednesday and Thursday across 25 ratification locations around the state. The contract will be effect until June 30, 2020.

AFSCME members from across north Florida overwhelmed the picnic area at the City of Jacksonville’s Fretwell Park on the west side of the city last weekend. Members were there to celebrate the summer, rekindle of friendships, form new connections and celebrate the momentum AFSCME is enjoying with 509 new members signed up in 2017 the Jacksonville area alone. 

For years, Sheryll Brown made sure the students and staff at the University of North Florida had an efficient postal services unit. But when the university won the effort to outsource her department she made sure her contract was enforced, which led to a multi-year effort and tens of thousands of dollars in back pay.

When AFSCME wins a good contract, the first thing members and non-members usually look for is the pay raise the union was able to negotiate. But what if pay is not something the union can bargain over? Will non-members still have a reason to fill out a membership card?

If you communicate throughout the process and put together a strong ratification campaign, like the members of AFSCME Florida’s Local 1328 and Local 1781 recently did, the answer is yes.

And yes to the tune of 33 new members in just a couple of days in North Florida.