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The AFSCME Florida family grew yesterday after a unit of the medical staff with the Osceola County Corrections Department vote unanimously, seven to zero, in favor of securing their union voice and

Today, the dedicated public service workers of the City of Avon Park voted nearly 95% in favor of retaining their AFSCME contract and representation by AFSCME Local 3597.

A Fair Grievance Process: No Discipline Without ‘Just Cause’ 

Union stewards, leaders and staff strive to solve workplace problems informally and as close to the source of any possible contract violation as soon as possible. This is an efficient system of give and take that insures individual member’s rights are balanced out with the common good of the collectively bargained contract.  

As Charles J. Muhl writes, "In the United States, employees without a written employment contract generally can be fired for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all."

Sheron Mickens loves her job. A benefits eligibility specialist for the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families and member of Local 3076 (AFSCME Florida), Mickens says she loves making a difference in people’s lives.

Anti-worker Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a union-busting bill this week, but AFSCME Florida members remain undaunted.  

National Law Enforcement Week gives us an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of America’s public safety professionals. We honor and respect the thousands of AFSCME public safety professionals who never quit on our communities, and we commit to fighting for them so they can do their jobs safely and effectively. 

AFSCME Florida Council 79 President and International VP Vicki Hall released the following statement today following the signing of SB 256:

“Freedom has always been earned from the bottom up. That is why we believe the collective voice of workers will overcome SB 256’s goal of silencing Florida’s dedicated public workers by stripping them of their freedom to speak up collectively and their right to join a union. Make no mistake, today is not the end, it is the start of the next chapter in our fight for justice, equality and freedom at work.