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AFSCME FLORIDA Council 79 Elects New Officers

For almost four years, as attacks against organized labor reached a fever pitch nationwide, AFSCME members in Florida responded by launching a fierce and unprecedented organizing campaign unlike an

When Irma slammed into south Florida in September, a Miami 311 operator named Lorraine Brown fielded calls throughout the weekend, talking to anxious people and making sure their requests were routed appropriately. "I'm not leaving until maybe Monday at the earliest," Brown said. With access to showers and food, she and her colleagues didn't see the need to go home. "We can sleep later," she added.

The U.S. Supreme Court today accepted a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.

Janus – which the nation’s highest court will take up in the October 2017-June 2018 term – is a blatantly political and well-funded plot to use the highest court in the land to further rig the economic rules against everyday working people.

Across this state, public employees worked countless hours preparing their towns, schools and communities for Hurricane Irma. We worked double shifts in hospitals, slept in conference rooms or at desks and we never quit on our neighbors.  We hope you and your family are safe but many of us are in need of assistance, big and small. This sheet contains some information that may help. In no way is this a complete list but hopefully at least a starting point as we rebuild our state. Please know that your union is standing here with you because, like you, we never quit.

It is often said that a tragedy can bring families closer. For far too many Floridians, including many AFSCME members, Hurricane Irma has resulted in a rebuilding effort that will take weeks, even months, to put their lives back together.

For Stephanie Rohling, a Department of Transportation weight inspector and member of AFSCME Local 3104 in Punta Gorda, it has resulted in the loss of her family’s house. But it has also resulted in her becoming closer to her AFSCME family.

With Election Day in the special election for Senate District 40 almost here, the AFSCME SEIU Florida PAC is continuing its strong push to turn out the more than 6,000 workers represented by the two unions that live in the district.

The joint program, which has focused heavily on in-depth door-to-door conversations over the past few months, sent two additional direct mail pieces to drive working families to participate in the last weekend of Early Vote or on Election Day.

Both pieces in support of Annette Taddeo are in English and Spanish.

 

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2017

AFSCME SEIU Florida PAC Sends Direct Mail Pieces to Drive Members to Participate in Early Vote

As AFSCME members continue to help our communities rebuild, AFSCME Florida wants to make sure you have as much recovery information as possible. To find the previous information we shared, click here.

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

This is to advise you that, AFSCME Local 199 and AFSCME Florida have come together to feed folks hot meals post Hurricane Irma. We understand that folks from all walks of life are impacted by the disaster that this storm has caused. Folks are still without electricity and food to say the least.