In Florida, AFSCME’s Razor-Sharp Focus is on Growth

Expanding a union is hard work, especially in a “right-to-work” state like Florida, especially after a national election in which anti-union forces wrested control of the White House and Congress. Don’t tell that to AFSCME affiliates in Florida. Undeterred by the odds and determined to build on the recruitment successes of 2016, AFSCME affiliates in the Sunshine State are kicking off an ambitious plan to add 9,000 new members this year. They’re launching a campaign aimed at making prospective members understand the connection between their contracts and their wages, benefits and other kitchen-table issues. “It’s our job as leaders – with labor being in the state it’s in – to go in and organize. It’s a big part of our focus right now,” said Andy Madtes, executive director of AFSCME Florida. “It’s (about) trying to make the connection between workers and their contract and what the contract affords them through collective bargaining.”

Jacksonville workers to hold ‘Rally to Defend the Working Class’

On Saturday, March 11, workers, unions, the North Florida Central Labor Council and community groups across Florida will rally in downtown Jacksonville to defend the working class, which faces renewed attacks from President Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress.

Get out the vote this weekend, for a better life.

Races across the state are tight in Florida. Up and down the ticket union endorsed working family candidates need our support this weekend to put them over the top. Make a difference by joining us at one of the following Labor 2016 volunteer events during GOTV weekend! We have canvassing and phone banking opportunities for you to help get out the working family vote in your area.

Labor unions are alive and well

The Labor Day holiday was unanimously approved by Congress in 1894 to recognize and celebrate the victories and contributions of the American labor movement. Unfortunately, and ironically, the holiday designated to celebrate America’s labor unions is also used by big business special interests and their supporters to denigrate those unions.