Wait is Over for State Workers, DeSantis Approves Hard Fought for Raises

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. 

“For years our state employees have worked tirelessly to make this state happen every day for meager wages,” said AFSCME Florida President Vicki Hall. “This is a historic moment for AFSCME that proves the power of collective action.”

AFSCME members across Florida held large rallies and press conferences earlier this year calling for legislative action after an official impasse was reached between state workers and the State of Florida on wage increases at contract negotiations last November. “When the Governor signed this into law today, the State of Florida made a public declaration of the importance of state employees and the critical work they do for our communities,” said Jacqui Carmona, AFSCME Florida’s Political Director. "We’d like to thank President Galvano and Chair Bradley for making this a major priority this session and being great partners in passing this raise for Florida’s essential frontline workforce.”

As the COVID 19 pandemic surges once again across our state, Florida’s essential public service workers continue to rise to the challenge of protecting our communities and keeping our services intact day and night in the most challenging of times. AFSCME members will continue to do what we always do because we never quit. 

State Employee raises will go into effect October 1, 2020.