Florida’s Legislature kicked off the Legislative Session with attacks on frontline workers’ rights and safety on the job, attempts to stifle Floridians’ voice in our democracy, and more.
Digital activists with the Virtual Working Families Lobby Corps fought back against these hacks on Florida’s mainframe and will continue the fight throughout the rest of the session. Find out more in this edition of the 2021 Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update!
In this time of crisis, Florida’s Legislature is responding by
jamming through legislation that would infringe on public frontline workers’
right to join a union.
House Bill 947, Dues and Uniform Assessments, is part of a national push by billionaire-funded think tanks to make the unionization process needlessly complicated in order to suppress membership. If passed, the legislation would put employers in charge of the membership process for the first time in Florida’s history and prevent union members from automatically renewing their membership. HB 835, Employee Organizations, contains similar but even harsher provisions that single out K-12 educators, university and college professors, and education support employees.
Here in Florida, workers have the freedom to choose whether or not they join a union. HB 947 and HB 835 are government overreach that would unnecessarily insert the government into that decision and attempt to tip the scales against your right to collectively bargain. Working people should be able to make that decision themselves, without interference from the state.
From the first committee weeks, through Sine Die, the end of every Legislative Session, Working Families Lobby Corps activists stand up for Florida’s working people. In order to ensure the safety of the working people involved in the Working Families Lobby Corps, this year, the program will be held virtually. The Florida AFL-CIO office and building will remain closed until further notice. All activities will be virtual.
While the fight for Florida’s
workers may look a little different this year, we will continue to make our
voices heard. This year our army of digital activists will continue to meet
with their representatives, learn the ins and outs of “politics as usual” in
Tallahassee, and be a part of Florida’s democratic process, all while remaining
safe and socially distanced.
Members of this year’s
Working Families Lobby Corps will be a part of:
• Regular remote briefings on
legislation and session.
• Virtual meetings between
participants and legislators.
• Committee viewing and, if
possible, virtual testimony.
• Virtual phone banks to
alert members of critical issues and legislative processes.
• Letter writing campaigns.
• Safe, in-district
activities such as car caravans and virtual delegation meetings.
Join us as we strive for a
democracy that’s “for the people, by the people.” The Working Families Lobby
Corp has long been the premier civic program for Florida’s working people. Join
us as we continue our mission online. Contact your local Field Representative
below to sign up and get involved!
Senate Bill 78 is a blatant attack on frontline workers’ right to organize.
SB 78 is part of a national push by billionaire-funded think tanks to make the unionization process needlessly complicated in order to suppress membership. If passed, the legislation would put employers in charge of the membership process for the first time in Florida’s history and prevent union members from automatically renewing their membership.
This Legislative Session, the attacks on Florida’s working people continue…..but brave digital warriors are standing up for our rights through the power of the information superhighway!
Join us throughout session as we bring you updates from the Florida Capitol and show you how to fight back as a part of this year’s Virtual Working Families Lobby Corps. This Legislative Session, the future….is NOW!
Tuesday, January 5th, voters in the Peach State made history, electing Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the U.S. Senate. Both candidates were endorsed by the Georgia AFL-CIO and will stand up for working people nationwide in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Florida AFL-CIO and volunteers here in the Sunshine State joined the National AFL-CIO in reaching out to our fellow union members and voters to make sure their voices were heard on Election Day.
Thank you to all of our members and volunteers who helped get out the vote with the Florida AFL-CIO for the Georgia Senate runoff elections. The Florida AFL-CIO’s phone banking program made thousands of calls into Georgia over the last few months as part of the AFL-CIO’s voter turn-out program.
The election of Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff is a step forward for America’s working people. Both candidates support legislation that would provide critical economic relief for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis and more investment into protecting working people from the virus. They also support the PRO Act, legislation passed by the House that would greatly expand our right to organize.
This Thanksgiving may look a little different than in past years. However you may celebrate, you can support good-paying, American jobs by buying high-quality, union-made products.
Below is the list of union-made Thanksgiving products from the AFL-CIO and Union Label. Products are made by a variety of our Sisters and Brothers in Unions across the country.
Products are made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP); the Machinists (IAM); UNITE HERE; the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); the United Steel Workers (USW); the United Farm Workers (UFW); and the Teamsters (IBT).
This year join us in giving back to our communities ahead of the Holidays. The COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic downturn has been difficult for Florida’s working families, if you are able, please help us in providing a Happy Holiday for everyone in our communities. You can find out more about getting involved below.
West Central Florida Central Labor Council Annual Toy Drive
This year, the West Central Florida Central Labor Council is continuing their annual toy drive in partnership with the Children’s Home Society. To remain safe and socially distant, this year donations will be made digitally to provide gift cards for children in the West Central Florida Area.