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Retiree leaders from across the country attended the AFSCME Retirees Council meeting that was held on Sunday and Monday, ushering in exciting new changes while fortifying members

The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal

After the Supreme Court ruling, a message to my fellow former fair-sharers

Our work changes. What we do, how we do it and where we do it often evolves over the course of our career. For custodial workers in Miami-Dade County, demographic and budget changes have created situations where is far too much real estate to be properly cleaned and maintained by the staff allocated to do it.

The 2017 Florida Legislative session was one filled with contrasts. Contrasts between the priorities of each chamber. Contracts between the will of the Legislature and the wishes of Governor Scott. Contrasts between the process laid out by leadership at the beginning and the actual way important and massive legislation came together by the end of the extended session.

AFSCME Florida executive director Andy Madtes released the following statement on today’s announced state budget agreement:

“For too long the men and women who have made Florida one of the premier places to raise a family, grow a business or enjoy retirement have done so without their hard work being justly compensated. No longer.

Christopher Cummings’ life is a study in contrasts.

Where he was once homeless and alone, he is now a husband and father of four. Where he once ate out of a garbage can, he is now a proud public service worker who drives a garbage truck for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Where he once “ran around doing wrong,” he now serves his community on those very same streets and neighborhoods, helping make his community a better, cleaner place every day.

Photos from this special event can be seen by clicking here.

This April marked the 49th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while he was in Memphis supporting an AFSCME sanitation workers strike. Dr. King went to Memphis in 1968 to call attention to the plight of these workers, who were striking for better wages and working conditions, and recognition of their union.

With Florida’s 2017 legislative session passing the halfway mark, many critical issues facing AFSCME members remain in flux. While the attacks to retirement security, health care and even the very right to a democratic voice on the job continue, the weeks of incredible outreach over the phones, in person and at events around the state by AFSCME members and allies have had a real impact.

The following column ran on the site Florida Politics

Recently the House passed HB11, legislation that would require labor unions representing public sector workers to certify they have more than half of the workers signed up as members every single year. In their view this will empower workers to somehow bargain better contracts and benefits and, they swear, in no way an attempt to strip workers of their right to a voice on the job.

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I write to express my concerns about Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. One Another way to describe him would be as Wall Street's best friend, as Gorsuch has consistently favored the wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else.