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On Monday June 29, AFSCME Local 199 was informed that the Clerk of Courts had a budget shortfall of more than $9 million dollars and that this shortfall would result in around 107 layoffs and furloughs for all of our 2,000 Clerk of Court employees in Miami-Dade County. On July 2nd, Local 199 held a Zoom meeting to discuss our options and put a plan of action in place to avert these changes and remind the County of the value of our dedicated employees.

President Brown laid out an emergency call to action for members to contact lawmakers both in Tallahassee and Miami-Dade County and Local 199 members came through big time. With an overwhelming number of calls and emails to County Commissioners, President Brown was able to work closely with Deputy Mayor Moon, County Clerk Harvey Ruvin, and Miami-Dade County lawmakers to make up the shortfall from other areas of the budget and avoid the lay offs and furloughs entirely.

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’ commitment to fighting for their union. 

A new class of officers was elected, and outgoing council officers, including Chair Gary Tavormina, president of New York Chapter 82; Vice-Chair Phyllis Zamarrippa, president of Colorado Chapter 76; and James “Jimmy” Moore, CSEA retiree and president of North Carolina Subchapter 165, were honored.

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

When the City of Dania Beach approved the redevelopment of prime real estate along I-95 and within a stone’s throw of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Port, it was clear this would be a multi-year project.

AFSCME Florida released the following statement from Executive Director Jana Weaver:

“When AFSCME members marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, they carried signs saying ‘I Am A Man,’ and they did it in violation of laws that tried to stop them from securing a safer and brighter future for their children. While we strongly believe in the rule of law, and are the union for many law and code enforcement personnel, we cannot support what is happening today along the southern border.

In an article for Florida Politics, Michael Moline details the latest report on the health of the state's retirement system after a meeting of the Florida Investment Advisory Council.

"Assets have grown by 10.5 percent since the start of the fiscal year, reaching a balance of $163.3 billion — $9.8 billion ahead of last year."

Last fall, the members of AFSCME Local 1363 overwhelmingly approved a strong new contract that promised to strengthen AFSCME’s voice for the workers within Miami-Dade County’s Jackson Health System and improve services to the community.

Tallahassee – Today, state employees across Florida are reacting to the news that Governor Rick Scott has launched his much-expected campaign for U.S. Senate with fear and disgust.
 
Not once as governor did Scott take the lead in investing in Florida’s services and those who provide them. He looked at the men and women who wake up every day and make Florida happen as his enemy.