Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to affirm its support for providing living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions to paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others who are vital to our public education system.

Earlier today, the 1.6-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, endorsed Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. AFSCME’s 35-person International Executive Board voted overwhelmingly today to follow the guidance of members based on feedback collected over the past six months, including polling data showing nearly two thirds of AFSCME members would vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Ask almost anyone in south Florida about the year 1972 and they likely will talk about the Miami Dolphins, which that year became the first, and still only, NFL team to go undefeated. But two other seemingly unrelated events also took place that year that would eventually go on to have an impact on thousands of lives.

Elsa Lina Clark has only been an AFSCME member for a month, but she’s already AFSCME Strong.

Clark, an electronic document technician for the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources, joined the union after the union stepped in to help a friend and coworker who was being mistreated by a supervisor.

“The union functions well,” says Clark, who is a member of AFSCME Local 199, Council 979.

When Darryl Lamar started working for the City of Jacksonville as a code compliance officer a year and a half ago, one of the things he missed about his previous jobs with Bell South and AT&T was his strong union voice through the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

AFSCME Florida Op-Ed - Florida’s workers and services hurt by corporate tax dodging

Florida’s workers and services hurt by corporate tax dodging

Spoiler Alert: the Florida Legislature isn’t even considering using this year’s budget surplus to invest in state services and state workers. Another non-surprise, recent research by WalletHub ranks Florida as one of the least fair tax systems; helping the rich get richer while overtaxing 99% of Floridians whose actual wages continue to decline or stagnate.

Just a few minutes’ drive from the banks of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, Indiantown was founded as a trading post by members of the Seminole tribe living in the surrounding Everglades following the Third Seminole War.

While the railroad and horse racing changed the community when it was incorporated into the new Martin County in the 1920s, Indiantown remains a small town. But it is a small town with a big AFSCME voice.