On Monday, September 27, Lawrence Mower, the Tallahassee Correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times / Miami Herald group, wrote an extensive piece detailing how state workers have been left in the dark, on purpose, about COVID issues in the workplace. 

"Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to keep Florida open has been felt acutely by many state workers, some of whom have been among the earliest to return to in-office meetings," he writes. 

When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

But Krugen, an AFSCME retiree from Arizona, will never forget the day when she and her husband went to the drug store to pick up his insulin and the pharmacist told them it now cost $900 a bottle.

“This was medication he needed to live, and we had insurance,” she said at a press briefing earlier this month. “We looked at each other and had to ask ourselves: Do we make the house payment? Do we buy food? Or do we pay for his medication?”

The pandemic has led many of us to take stock of our lives and our goals. For AFSCME New Jersey member LaTrenda Ross, the pandemic ignited a long-held dream—starting her own life coaching business.

“I was thinking about revamping my whole entire life,” recalls Ross, a member of Local 2306. “I was looking out for things I want to do, things I haven’t been going after.”

More Americans approve of labor unions today than at any time since 1965, according to annual Gallup poll results released around each Labor Day.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents – 68% – approved of labor unions. That means a clear majority of voters views labor unions favorably. Among adults 18-34 years of age, 77% approve of unions. Support is also high among those with annual household incomes under $40,000.

With the start of the new school year, many families are juggling how to make ends meet while getting the school supplies their children need.

AFSCME Florida wants to help South Florida children be ready to learn with the return of the AFSCME Florida Annual Book-Bag Giveaway Drive.

AFSCME Florida will be giving out one book bag per child to AFSCME members and others as long as supplies list.

AFSCME Florida Council 79 President Vicki Hall released the following statement today on behalf of the 100,000 public service workers AFSCME represents across the Sunshine State. This includes thousands of medical professionals who continue to serve on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in cities, counties, school systems and our state’s most critical medical institutions, including UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and Miami-Dade’s Jackson Health System.

The 2021 Florida legislative session has come to a close and despite numerous attacks on working people from out-of-state big business interests, the hard working public service workers with AFSCME have prevailed. This is a direct result of dedicated members across Florida who answered the call to raise our voices in opposition to corporate CEOs who are attempting to advance their own interests in the halls of power at the expense of our freedom to join together and have a voice on the job.

Workers Memorial Day 2021 arrives at a moment of the greatest urgency, when the front lines of the war against COVID-19 run through America’s workplaces.