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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 COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout.

The American Rescue Plan, which AFSCME members helped make a reality and which President Joe Biden signed into law a year ago, provided $350 billion in funding to states, cities and towns.

James Call of the Tallahassee Democrat provides an analysis of the 2022 Legislative Session finding that Florida workers, Democrats feel left behind in legislative session's 'Year of the Parent' and that the 2022 Session culture wars left "little time for sick, students and workforce housing."

Call quoted AFSCME Local 1363 Jackson member Tarsha Laster and writes:

On Monday March 14, the Florida Legislative Session signaled "Sine Die" and drew to a close.

Issac Morgan of the Florida Phoenix writes that the Florida House and Senate finalized its state budget for 2022-23, including 5.38 percent pay increases for state workers and a minimum wage of $15 an hour for state employees and school support staffers in school districts across the state.

But what about pay increases for state employees at Florida’s public universities and community colleges?

Morgan writes that union members point to pay inequities among workers at some universities, such as Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Where We Are: A delay in reaching a state budget deal has extended the Legislative session until Monday. So, it is critically important that our activism continues so we can keep holding back legislation which would destroy workers ability to bargain effectively on issues such as wages and health insurance. 

Gary Rorher of Florida Politics writes that,  "Florida state employees will see pay raises worth more than $638 million starting July 1, the start of the next fiscal year."

Florida state workers will get a pay raise later this year, as House and Senate budget negotiators agreed to hike pay 5.4% across the board, install a minimum wage of $15 per hour for state employees, and increase pay on top of those raises for select groups of workers.

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AFSCME Florida President and AFSCME International Vice President Vicki Hall said, "We applaud the leadership of both the House and Senate for historic increases for the state workers who provide the vital, essential services our communities need.  State workers are in need of both living wages to lift families out of poverty and enhanced compensation for professionals whose pay has not kept pace with comparable private-sector counterparts. I am constantly amazed by the professionalism and