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.

Mental Health Awareness Month — observed in May since 1949 — is a time to focus on the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions.

Bills of Interest as of 5/1/23

SB256/HB1445 - Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees by Sen Ingoglia, by Rep Black

Please remember to double check your polling places. Due to legislation, if you did not file again to receive a ballot through the mail you will not receive one. Vote early to avoid any Election Day problems on May 16. 

Jim Call writes in the Tallahassee Democrat that staff shortages mixed with a tight job market and low pay makes it hard for the state to fill vacancies. 

Anti-worker SB 256 passed the House of Representatives today. AFSCME Florida Council 79 President and International VP Vicki Hall said: 

 SB256/HB1445 - Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees by Sen Ingoglia, by Rep Black

-        Anti-union legislation

-        Passed Governmental Ops Senate Subcommittee  5 Yeas, 3 Nays

-        Scheduled for Senate Fiscal Policy Subcommittee on 3/16/23 13 Yeas, 7 Nays

-        In House, referred to Govt Ops and State Affairs Subcommittee

-        Scheduled in House on 3/16/23 in Govt Ops Subcommittee Passed 13 Yeas 5 Nays

Every year on April 22 — Earth Day — communities across the globe celebrate our environment and commit to making it healthy for future generations.

This Earth Day, I’m thinking about the 50,000 AFSCME members who work in green jobs, protecting and caring for our planet. Whether they’re leading nature walks in our county or state parks, making public buildings more energy efficient and resilient to climate disasters, or making sure our waterways are clean, AFSCME members are at the heart of healthy communities.