Days After Statewide Rallies, Both Chambers of the Florida Legislature Propose Pay Raises for Nearly 50,000 State Employees

Despite a strong economy and a booming population, Florida’s nearly 50,000 state employees are some of the lowest paid in the entire nation. After years of downsizing, budget cuts, and eviscerated services, state workers have had enough and have started fighting back.

It's been a big week for embattled state workers in Florida. Just two days after hundreds of overworked and fired up state employees held simultaneous rallies in four cities demanding a raise and recognition in the Florida State Budget, the Florida Senate announced a proposed budget that includes a much needed 3% across-the-board pay raise for state employees.

After years of budget cuts and downsizing that have decimated state agencies and left Florida's state workers with some of the lowest pay in the nation, Florida's public employees are fighting back.  Underpaid and overworked state employees in four cities across Florida will hold simultaneous rallies at worksites and the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 28 calling for Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature to prioritize Florida’s dedicated public workers in the 2020 state budget.

Here’s a big reason to join a union – a bigger paycheck.New numbers from U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show just how much of a difference a union makes in terms of worker pay.

On a normal day, Sandra Pacheco, an administrative assistant in Puerto Rico’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, begins her day at 7 a.m., filing paperwork for her colleagues in the field. It’s a job that Pacheco, who is president of her local, AFSCME Local 3889, Council 95 (Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico), does with pride and dedication.

The new year brings good news for millions of working Americans. Nearly 7 million of them are in line to get pay raises this year thanks to state and local minimum-wage hikes.

As a public librarian for the Philadelphia Free Library, Sheila O’Steen embodies what we think of when we imagine a public service worker. Every day, she interacts with members of her community. Whether her patrons are young or old, affluent or impoverished, O’Steen shares knowledge and information with everyone she serves.