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Earlier this summer, Economic Self-Sufficiency Specialists within the Department of Children and Families worked with AFSCME Florida staff representatives to challenge a policy that limited how the

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

When AFSCME wins a good contract, the first thing members and non-members usually look for is the pay raise the union was able to negotiate. But what if pay is not something the union can bargain over? Will non-members still have a reason to fill out a membership card?

If you communicate throughout the process and put together a strong ratification campaign, like the members of AFSCME Florida’s Local 1328 and Local 1781 recently did, the answer is yes.

And yes to the tune of 33 new members in just a couple of days in North Florida.

When he witnessed a horrible accident involving a police car, AFSCME sanitation worker Chris Cummings sprang into action. Chris used to be homeless, but he got a second chance. This time, it was his turn to give a second chance.

Today, the members of SEIU Florida and AFSCME Florida are proud to announce a joint endorsement of Annette Taddeo in her campaign to strengthen and amplify the voices of working Floridians in the state senate and across the State of Florida. 

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of the crown jewels of Miami-Dade County, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. But after decades of providing committed service to their neighbors, employees are facing an uncertain future now that the county is moving management to a non-profit trust.

There are few better ways to be fired up for the start of the next school year than to end the current one with recognition for your hard work and dedication. That is exactly what has happened for the 34 AFSCME Local 1184 members nominated for Miami-Dade County Public Schools Support Personnel of the Year awards.

And for the five employees who won, it was an unforgettable evening. 

We dig into the issues our coworkers face, explore opportunities to build our local, enforce our contract and grow our voice on the job. But as we do this we can easily forget that our worksites are often near those of other AFSCME locals, that our communities are home to members from many difference locals and that someone else may already have come up with solution to the problem we are struggling with. 

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.