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Over the course of two general membership meetings in October, AFSCME Local 199 members debated, discussed and overwhelmingly voted in favor of on proposed changes to the Local 199 Constitution.

Below are the results of the elections for Local 199 officers for three-year terms. The future of our Local is bright if we continue this strong involvement from across the county and every department!

Thanks to all of us working together to grow our union, enforcing our contract and delivering the quality public services our community deserves, we have come to a tentative agreement with Miami-Dade County that will guaranteeing a 1% cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) in October 2016, 4% if tax revenue is high enough.

 

To get this increase we are holding an election to update the language in our contract on Tuesday, December 15 from 7am to 6pm with 5 voting locations around the county.

This blog post originally appeared on the national AFSCME blog. 

Every day, Lawrence Jones likes to talk to at least one of his coworkers in Miami-Dade County about the importance of joining the union.

Elsa Lina Clark has only been an AFSCME member for a month, but she’s already AFSCME Strong.

Clark, an electronic document technician for the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources, joined the union after the union stepped in to help a friend and coworker who was being mistreated by a supervisor.

“The union functions well,” says Clark, who is a member of AFSCME Local 199, Council 979.

Gimenez pushes privatization of county’s transit future

By Douglas Hanks

Saying “I don’t want to operate anything,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is touting the benefits of tapping private operators for new transit systems that could include a light-rail system he wants to traverse two bridges between Miami and Miami Beach.

What is the feeling you get when you show up to work one day and you are called into an unscheduled meeting in the conference room? You walk in and see management sitting across the table with expressions that indicate this meeting is not going to go well.

It is a feeling of fear for what’s about to come next, a feeling that you may have to be fighting back against something you don’t fully understand.

The below story was profiled on the national AFSCME blog!

What would you do for $12,800? How hard would you work for it? What would it mean if you had it taken away from you?

These are all questions that Deloris Wells had to answer during the last four years because her supervisor was not completing the annual evaluation form. And without a completed form she didn’t get a wage increase, year after year.