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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.

Pamela Knight, a child protective investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS), was sent to check on the welfare of a child last fall.

This summer, I joined thousands of union members at a rally in Philadelphia to speak out against the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. That’s why public service workers who are AFSCME members came out this year across the nation to help elect candidates who support working families.

And we won big.

We won at every level of government and in almost every state. AFSCME members made our voices heard, helping our partners in For Our Future knock on 7.5 million doors and hold 925,000 conversations in targeted states.

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.  

Hundreds of members and retirees of AFSCME Locals from across Jacksonville rallied and canvassed this weekend for a slate of local, state, and national candidates that will best carry forward the fight for workers' rights in Florida. 
 
National AFSCME President Lee Saunders came to town to join the effort reminding all those in attendence that "we have the power to make history this election.

Hurricane Michael was the most powerful storm to hit the Florida panhandle in over 100 years leaving catastrophic damage in it's path. Emergency teams are now assessing the destruction and providing assistance to those in impacted areas. Governor Scott is urging evacuees to be patient in returning and to stay off roads due to downed powerlines and safety concerns. If you are working during the recovery in impacted areas, we want to ensure that you are supported by your AFSCME family as much as possible.

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders are doubling down on tax cuts for the rich.

It was 10 years ago this month that the 2008 financial crisis kicked into high gear. When storied Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers shut down, bankers walking out of the building carrying cardboard boxes of their possessions made the perfect image for TV cameras.

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 they could take their leave.