Statement from AFSCME Florida President Vicki Hall

Dear AFSCME Florida Family,

I wanted to bring you up to date on a matter you may have heard about recently.  Early this month (December 2020), a former employee accused me of improperly terminating her and of misusing union funds for improvements to AFSCME's Tallahassee headquarters building.

Normally I would not bother responding to such a ridiculous charge. But as president of Council 79, nothing is more important to me than your trust and knowledge that I and the union staff whose salaries you pay are working 24-7 in your best interests.

On Friday, the International Union's Judicial Panel ruled that there was no misuse of funds.  The ruling states:  "[I]t is clear from the evidence provided that there is no clear evidence of misuse of funds or embezzlement by the Accused Parties.

Specifically:

  • There was no malicious intent or evidence on the part of the Accused Parties to withhold information from the Executive Board
  • All expenses were presented to and voted upon by the Executive Board. 
  • Documentation and details were provided in addition to financial information during presentations and breakdowns of building corporation repairs.

The claims in the lawsuit filed by the former employee have no factual basis.

I will not let this frivolous lawsuit distract me from the work at hand -- fighting for the 100,000 hard working members of AFSCME Florida. 

I wish you happy holidays. And I pray you and your loved ones are safe during this pandemic.

In Solidarity,

Vicki Hall President,
AFSCME FL. COUNCIL 79 and International Vice President