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Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin understands the art of the deal and averted a budget emergency that would have suddenly closed seven satellite offices next week. County residents, and the 70 staffers who were spared being laid off, should be grateful.

AFSCME Local 199 Celebrates Team Effort That Is Saving Clerk of Courts Services and Jobs

Miami Springs, FL – AFSCME Local 199, the union proudly representing Miami-Dade County general employees, wants to congratulate all the stakeholders that came together to solve the financial crisis facing the Clerk of Courts. Now, 70 dedicated employees at seven satellite offices across the county will continue to provide front counter services to the community.

AFSCME Florida Makes Donation to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Tallahassee – Today, as Hurricane Harvey continues to hit Texas and Louisiana with devastating rain and weather, AFSCME Florida announced a $5,000 donation to help those impacted by the storm. The donation to the non-profit AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund will provide relief and immediate assistance to those who have fallen victim to this natural disaster.

Spread across more than 600 acres on two major campuses as well as several branch campuses and research facilities throughout South Florida and the Florida Keys, it has always been a challenge for coworkers to connect at Florida International University. And that has made it hard for AFSCME Local 3346 activists and leaders to communicate all the success they have had for their coworkers.

Tallahassee – This week, state employees that are part of the AFSCME Florida bargaining unit voted 99.5% in favor of a new three-year master contract. Voting took place on Wednesday and Thursday across 25 ratification locations around the state. The contract will be effect until June 30, 2020.

Miami-Dade General Employees Letter to Board of County Commissioners Concerning Clerk of Courts Financial Crisis

Miami Springs, FL – This week, Se'Adoreia “CeeCee” Brown, president of AFSCME Local 199, sent the below letter to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. The letter underscores what is at stake in the Clerk of Courts’ current financial shortfall and the union’s support of Harvey Ruvin’s efforts to correct the situation.

AFSCME Local 199 represents workers in the Clerk of Courts.

Freedom is one of the most cherished American principles. But freedom means more than the ability to speak your mind, practice your religion, or choose your own democratically elected leaders. Our freedoms don’t end with the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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.