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Meet Frances Gillum, mother of AFSCME Florida's endorsed candidate for Governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, and card carrying member of AFSCME Retirees of Florida.

LAS VEGAS — More than 160 AFSCME members gathered in Las Vegas last week to lift up the voice of public service workers and move our union forward.  

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In a move designed to both better reflect the breadth and depth of workers represented across the state and to better the position the union for future growth, Florida leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) voted to rename their state council.

AFSCME Florida Statement on Profile Story on State Worker Layoffs

Miami Springs – AFSCME Florida released the following statement following the Tallahassee Democrat’s story on state

worker layoffs:

What would you do for $12,800? How hard would you work for it? What would it mean if you had it taken away from you?

These are all questions that Deloris Wells had to answer during the last four years because her supervisor was not completing the annual evaluation form. And without a completed form she didn’t get a wage increase, year after year.

But, as this 12-year employee of Miami-Dade County said, “I knew this wasn’t right because my job involves dealing with payroll benefits so I knew there had to be something I could do.”

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 union members stood united with small business owners and community activists in front of city hall here Aug. 4, protesting the council’s recent decision to move forward with consideration of outsourcing the city’s sanitation services.

AFSCME Florida is experiencing drastic change, and I’m excited about the opportunity we have to create a vital new movement here in the Sunshine State.

After a long and distinguished career fighting for Florida’s workers, including almost two decades leading AFSCME Council 79, President Jeanette Wynn retired. Now it’s up to us to continue the fight, and I believe we have the vision and the will to build a stronger, more powerful AFSCME throughout Florida.

Rotted-out floors, windows that leaked – even termite, ant and roach infestations. These were the conditions that cashier booth attendants at Florida’s PortMiami, “cruise capital of the world,” dealt with every day. That is, they did until they decided they would stand up to management to demand changes.

They got them, thanks to the power of solidarity – and their union, AFSCME Local 199.

Located almost an hour to the northwest of the state Capitol in Tallahassee and nestled along the border with Georgia, the city of Chattahoochee, Florida in Gadsden County is a rural small town surrounded by tobacco farms.

But these tobacco farms gave rise to arguably the state’s most important labor leader when Jeanette Wynn returned home from college and began work in September 1970 at the Florida State Hospital, the state’s largest public mental institution.