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.
Leadership in the Florida Senate is pushing union-busting legislation in the middle of a pandemic. This legislation not only sets a dangerous precedent, it’s an insult to the working people putting themselves in harm’s way to keep our state functioning. Call your senator and tell them to vote no on SB 78.
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!
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.
Georgia’s Senate runoff elections are a critical chance to elect leaders who will stand for working people nationwide.
Join the Florida AFL-CIO as we work to get out the vote ahead of the runoff elections. Members, staff, and volunteers with the Florida AFL-CIO are dedicating time to reach out to our Union sisters and brothers in Georgia to ensure that they make their voices heard.
This Senate election has huge consequences for America’s working people. If elected, Georgia AFL-CIO endorsed candidates Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will fight for America’s working families. Click here to sign up to phone bank. After you have signed up, the Florida AFL-CIO will reach out to you and help get you set up.
This election has consequences for all of us. Sign up to phone bank today!
Election day is just weeks away, and we have the opportunity to elect candidates that will put the working people of Florida first. Across the state, Central Labor Councils are hosting digital phone banks as well as other volunteer opportunities. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and get out the vote!
Here in Florida the stakes are high. After years of attacks on the rights of working people and failures of leadership at the national and state level, this election gives us the opportunity to stand up for the working families of the Sunshine State. The current economic and public health crises show us that elections have consequences.
Union members across the state are volunteering their time to get out the vote, will you join them?
To sign up, click your local CLC and fill out your information. A Field Representative will contact you and help you get set up.
Thank you to the over 300 delegates who made their voices heard as part of our 2020 Committee On Political Education Endorsing Convention. Below you will find the candidates endorsed by the Florida AFL-CIO in the 2020 elections as well as the Florida AFL-CIO’s positions on the proposed 2020 constitutional amendments.
2020 Election Endorsements
Joe Biden for President Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President
Endorsements By Central Labor Councils
CD 1: Phil Ehr SD 3: Loranne Ausley HD 9: Allison Tant
CD 4: Donna Deegan CD 5: Al Lawson HD 11: Joshua Hicks HD 13: Tracie Davis HD 14: Angela Nixon HD 15: Tammyette Thomas HD 16: Ben Marcus HD 17: David Michael Rogers HD 18: Leroy Edwards
North Central Florida
HD 21: Kayser Enneking
HD 27: Dolores Guzman
CD 9: Darren Soto CD 10: Val Demings SD 9: Patricia Sigman SD 11: Randolph Bracy SD 13: Linda Stewart SD 15:Victor Torres HD 28: Pasha Baker HD 29: Tracey Kagan HD 30: Joy Goff-Marcil HD 42: Barbara Cady HD 44: Geraldine F. Thompson HD 45: Kamia Latasha Brown HD 46: Travis McCurdy HD 47: Anna V. Eskamani HD 49: Carlos Guillermo Smith
HD 51: Joan Majid HD 53: Phil Moore
West Central Florida
CD 13: Charlie Crist CD 14: Kathy Castor CD 16: Margaret Good SD 19: Darryl Rouson HD 59: Andrew Learned HD 61: Dianne Hart HD 63: Fentrice Driskell HD 64: Jessica Harrington HD 68: Benjamin Diamond HD 69: Jennifer Webb HD 70: Michele Rayner
Palm Beach-Treasure Coast
CD 21: Lois Frankel SD 25: Corinna Balderramos Robinson* SD 29: Tina Polsky SD 31: Lori Berman HD 81: Kelly Skidmore HD 83: Edgar “E.J.” Bernier HD 84: Delores Hogan Johnson HD 85: Jim Carroll* HD 86: Matt Willhite HD 87: David Ryan Silvers HD 88: Omari Hardy HD 89: James Bonfiglio HD 90: Joe Casello HD 91: Emily Slosberg
*Limited Endorsement-Palm Card Only
CD 20: Alcee Hastings CD 22: Ted Deutch CD 23: Debbie Wasserman Schultz SD 33: Perry Thurston HD 92: Patricia Hawkins-Williams HD 94: Bobby DuBose HD 96: Christine Maria Hunschofsky HD 97: Dan Daley HD 98: Michael Gottlieb HD 99: Evan Boyd Jenne HD 104: Robin Bartleman
CD 24: Frederica Wilson CD 25: Mario Diaz-Balart CD 26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell CD 27: Donna Shalala SD 35: Shevrin Jones SD 37: Jose Javier Rodriguez SD 39: Javier Fernandez HD 100: Joesph Geller HD 103: Cindy Polo HD 106: Sara McFadden HD 108: Dotie Joseph HD 112: Nicholas Duran HD 115: Vance Aloupis HD 117: Kevin Chambliss HD 118: Anthony Rodriguez HD 119: Juan Fernandez-Barquin
2020 Proposed Constitutional Amendment Positions
Amendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage SUPPORT
Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet OPPOSE
Amendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments OPPOSE
Amendment 5: Limitation on Homestead Assessments OPPOSE