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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.

“Miami overrun with kittens, cuddlers wanted,” “Dream Come True: Miami in Need of Kitten Cuddlers” screamed the headlines. Facebook, Twitter and other social media recently lit up after the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department announced that it is looking for help to care for very young orphaned kittens.

Studies have shown that the limited availability of paid parental leave in the United States is a great injustice to millions of working women and men, a significant contributor to wage inequality and a detriment to the economic health of our country.

One had only been an AFSCME member for a month, another for about a year. A third had a year-and-a-half of public service under his belt. But all three members had one thing in common: a determination to join together to have the strongest possible voice for themselves and their co-workers in the workplace.

When you are a new parent, having time to bond with your child and focus on being the best parent possible without worrying about your job is critical. That is why AFSCME has advocated for Paid Parental Leave provisions across the country for years.

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.