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The following candidates have been endorsed by AFSCME Florida Council 79:

Primary Election: August 18

General Election: November 3

PRESIDENT: Joe Biden

AFSCME members Dawn Bundick of Alaska and Chris Woloscuk of Florida are veterans and public service employees – two facts that make them especially vulnerable as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U

LOS ANGELES – In a union election victory 17 years in the making, child care providers across California have 

Statement from AFSCME Florida President Vicki Hall on the Reopening of Public Schools

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line public service workers from states experiencing surges in coronavirus cases to urge the Senate to approve at least $1 trillion in flexible aid to states, cities and towns.

On June 29th, Governor DeSantis officially signed the Florida Budget approving across the board pay raises for dedicated state workers who do the crucial work of keeping our children safe, protecting our environment, and keeping our infrastructure functioning. This was a hard fought victory that would not have occurred without state employees from the panhandle to Miami standing together and fighting as a union. 

AFSCME joined a virtual gathering of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a movement that seeks to shift the moral narrative of our country and build power for poor and vulnerable people.

AFSCME praised today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that extends protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to millions of LGBTQ workers.

In a statement, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said such protections are long overdue and represent an important step in the fight for equality and justice for all workers.

Economists of diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise disagree on a range of policy issues, spoke with a single voice on Monday on the need for Congress to provide robust aid to states, cities and towns.

Such aid, they said, is crucial in the midst of an economic crisis that is decimating state and local budgets and threatening essential public services that are critical to beating the pandemic and jumpstarting the economy.

AFSCME Florida Statement on the Unrest Gripping Our Nation 

At this crucial moment in our nation’s history, Americans of all walks of life are coming together to express their anger and grief over institutionalized racism and its impacts that have flourished for far too long. We can and must understand that pain in order to envision a more equal and just society for all.

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, AFSCME members across Florida continue to man the front-lines to keep our state functioning and our infrastructure intact during this unprecedented time. As a result, our dedicated essential public service workers put themselves in harm's way each and every day simply by doing their jobs. Hunderds of members of our Union in Florida have been infected with the coronavirus on the front-lines. Here are just a few of their stories: