FARM TEAM FRIDAY: Primary Results

Our Farm Team Program is working! Though we may not come out victorious in every race, our union brothers and sisters have brought incredible leadership skills to their campaigns and demonstrated their commitment to Union Brothers and Sisters and their communities.

Four of our Farm Team Candidates had Primary Races; two others face opponents in the General Election.

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While JB did not make it into the General Election, it needs to be said that he fought a valiant fight. He was honorable and diligent throughout his campaign. I am proud to call JB my Brother and worked with him on his campaign and having him as a Farm Team member.

Each Farm Team member will face fresh challenges going into the General Election. Linda, Don and Scott will each be facing one opponent for the victory, and it will be a gloves off fight to the finish. Dan and Paul, who have been steadily working on their General Election campaigns, will be facing the same battles. This is far from over. All efforts started again yesterday and will intensify until the Polls close on Election Day.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the Farm Team candidate(s) in their area please contact your Central Labor Council or Phyllis Garrett at

6 Reasons Why Rick Scott Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

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by Kenneth Quinnell

It’s an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies.  Our first member of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections is Florida Governor Rick Scott.  Here are six reasons why Scott has been a bad governor for working people.

1. While working families know our incomes are falling behind the cost of living, Scott rejects policies that would raise wages. “When I hear a politician say that we have to raise the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet, I cringe,” he said.  Scott also expressed disappointment that a judge increased the state’s minimum wage by 6 cents an hour (to an underwhelming $7.31) after the state employment agency miscalculated it. [Miami Herald, 1/8/14; Associated Press State & Local Wire, 5/3/11]

2. While we are busy trying to balance work and family in ways that provide financial stability, Scott is doing his best to make that harder for us.  He signed a bill that pre-empted local governments’ rights to pass laws that require paid sick leave for workers. [Bay News 9, 6/14/13]

3. One of the primary ways that working families have dealt with a bad economy is for mothers to re-enter the job market.  Scott vetoed funding for a program that helps women find jobs after being out of the workforce for long periods of time.  The Displaced Homemakers Program has been successful for 37 years, but Scott vetoed $1.8 million for the program. [Sun Sentinel, 7/2/13]

4. Despite promises to create 700,000 new jobs in Florida in his first term, Scott has no chance of reaching that goal after pursuing policies that did little to create jobs. “Florida is going to come nowhere near exceeding normal job growth by 700,000 in seven years, no matter how you define it or time it,” said David Denslow, a retired University of Florida economist. [Miami Herald, 12/10/13]

5. Building infrastructure would’ve been a good way to start creating those jobs.  Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds to help build high-speed rail.  Other states readily snapped up the funds and started creating jobs. [Tampa Bay Times, 2/16/11]

6. Workers didn’t play a role in the financial crash that led to the Great Recession, but millions of us lost our jobs because of it.  Scott signed legislation making it harder for unemployed workers to keep their homes or support their families.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Key provisions include a reduction in the maximum number of weeks that unemployment is available under the state program. Total weeks drop from 26 to 23 weeks. The law also ties maximum weeks available to the statewide unemployment rate.” [Orlando Sentinel, 06/28/11]

Make sure you’re ready to vote this election season and text VOTE to 235246 for important reminders and updates. 

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Farm Team Friday: Dan Oliver

10476067_283819358465009_1521673095622769114_oDan Oliver, Labor Farm Team Candidate Hernando County Commission District 4

Dan is a member of Teamsters local 79 and has lived and worked in Hernando County for the last 25 years. He has worked for the Hernando County Commission for the last 24 years. His job has afforded him an intimate working knowledge of the county and, as a result he has committed to run for County Commission district 4. Dan has a vision for Hernando County that includes all of its citizens, not just special interest developers and select citizens.

Dan attended the Florida AFL-CIO Labor Candidate School in Tallahassee, in May of 2014. He was recommended for endorsement by the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, CLC and he received the Florida AFL-CIO endorsement at the 2014 COPE Convention.

Dan is facing a General Election opponent and, he needs your help to win his General Eleciton so he can serve all the citizens of Hernando County.

For information on where he stands on the issues you can visit his website at

If you have more questions about Dan and how you can help with his campaign, contact CLC Executive Director, Cheryl Schroeder, at 863-583-3330 or

If you have additional questions about the Florida AFL-CIO Labor Farm Team Program contact Phyllis Garrett, Florida AFL-CIO Legislative/Political Coordinator, at 850-566-9281 or