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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.

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. 

UPDATE - YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFO HERE

We hope you and your family are safe following Hurricane Irma. While the winds and rains have passed, the hard work of putting our lives and communities back together is just beginning.

Many of you worked countless hours leading up to the storm and continue to do so. Your heroic work underscores that AFSCME members never quit on our neighbors and coworkers. This is not just a job, it is a calling, now more than ever.

We still don’t know where exactly Irma is going to land, but that’s exactly why you should be preparing now.  The 5 a.m. update from the National Weather Service spelled out what we all should know by now - the threat of impacts to Florida continue to increase.