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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.

One Friday, 70 Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts employees receive layoff notices before their workday is over. The very next Friday, those same employees receive notices that the layoffs have been cancelled, their jobs are saved and the services they provide are not being cut.

So what happened over that one week that resulted in $2 million in funding being found? AFSCME Local 199 happened.

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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.