“This is going to be a game-changer for my household and millions of other retirees like me,” AFSCME Illinois Retiree 

AFSCME members in Hawaii urgently need our help.

Activists from around the state met with our union siblings across the country and some from around the world this week to educate one another, advocate for social justice and resolve to strengthen our union movement. Here is what several AFSCME Florida members reported back when asked about the experience. 

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Do you know which AFSCME Florida contract covers so many workers it requires a week-long ratification at 60 sites across the state to give its more than 41,000 bargaining unit members an opportunity to participate? If you guessed AFSCME’s State Employee agreement, that would be correct. 

With a $3,500 bonus for this year, AFSCME Local 3346 members at Florida International University held on-campus ratifications Monday, June 13, to meet with members, conduct a ratification vote and reach potential members in the bargaining unit.  

The local’s members work with students in enrollment, clerical, security and custodial roles at the 55,000-student university. 

Recently, Jackson Health System members grabbed some food, some green swag and made memories with their AFSCME family during AFSCME Week. Held at locations across Miami-Dade County, the hardworking front-line staff of South Florida’s largest public safety-net health system celebrated all that they have won over the past year and start to focus on the priorities for their next contract bargaining.

Ketha D. Otis has joined AFSCME Florida staff as Chief of Staff, working with President Vicki Hall and elected leadership to build power for working families in the Florida. 

The newly-created position is designed to enhance collaboration, communication, strategy, training and education across the union helping elected leaders, staff and members work together more effectively to organize, mobilize and increase political power.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.