Union Busting is Disgusting: Stop SB 78!

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.

Virtual Working Families Lobby Corps

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! 

Broward AFL-CIO: Dana Shumate – 954-804-0533, DShumate@flaflcio.org

Central Florida AFL-CIO: Billy Lawson – 407-257-6081, wlawson@flaflcio.org

North Florida Central Labor Council: Yennifer Mateo – 386-299-7719, ymateo@flaflcio.org 

North Central Florida CLC: Jeremiah Tattersall – 352-222-1991, jtattersall@flaflcio.org

Northwest Florida Federation of Labor, including Big Bend & Panama City Chapters: Danielle Thomas: 850-320-0884, dthomas@flaflcio.org

Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO: Ted Parsons – 561-324-6636, tparsons@flaflcio.org

South Florida AFL-CIO: David Beltran – 305-215-7070, dbeltran@flaflcio.org

Southwest Florida Labor Chapter: Laura Griffin – 239-823-4743, lgriffin@flaflcio.org

Space Coast AFL-CIO: Karen Houston – 321-506-5867, khouston@flaflcio.org 

Volusia-Flagler AFL-CIO: Yennifer Mateo – 386-299-7719, ymateo@flaflcio.org 

West Central Florida Labor Council: Kyle Gawroriski – 850-228-9831, kgawroriski@flaflcio.org 

Keep in Touch with the Florida AFL-CIO

The Florida AFL-CIO has multiple ways for you to stay in contact with us:

 You can find us on social media at www.facebook.com/FloridaAFLCIO and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FloridaAFLCIO.

Text updates are a great way to stay informed of labor actions and news in
Florida and your community. Sign up now by texting FLUNION to 235246.

You can also sign up for our e-mail list for updates, including the Florida AFL-CIO E-Messenger, our newsletter, by clicking here.

Thank You: Florida Union Members and Volunteers Help Get Out the Vote in Georgia

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.

Bonnie Rodrigues, IBEW 1205, retired

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.

Beverly Rutherford, A. Philip Randolph Institute

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.

Jim Junecko, IUOE Local 487-District 925

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.

Martha Shunn-King, APWU of Florida

Volunteers across Florida dedicated their time and effort to help elect two Senators that will fight for America’s working people. You can watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s message regarding this historic win here.

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls, wrote postcards, and helped make history.

Happy Thanksgiving! Make Sure it’s Union-Made

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).

Set the Table

  • Anchor Hocking (GMP)
  • Bennington Potters (UNITE HERE)
  • Clauss knives (USW)
  • Corning-Ware (USW)
  • Cutco Knives (USW)
  • Fiestaware (GMP)
  • Homer Laughlin china (GMP)
  • Libbey glassware (USW and GMP)
  • Pyrex (USW)

Fresh Whole Turkey

  • Butterball (UFCW)
  • Foster Farms (UFCW)

Ham

  • Appleton Farms ham (UFCW)
  • Butterball ham (UFCW)
  • Cook’s ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland old-fashioned pit ham (UFCW)
  • Farmland original pit ham (UFCW)
  • Hormel honey roasted ham (UFCW)
  • Tyson ham (UFCW)

Stuffing

  • Manischewitz (UFCW)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Vegetables

  • Andy Boy (UFW)
  • Birds Eye (UFCW)
  • Eurofresh (UFCW)
  • Mann’s (UFCW)
  • Muranaka Farm (UFW)
  • Sunripe (UFCW)

Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce

  • Dole (IBT)
  • Ocean Spray (IAM)

Potatoes

  • Betty Crocker specialty potatoes (BCTGM)
  • Dole fresh potatoes (IBT)
  • Mann’s fresh culinary cuts sweet potatoes (UFCW)

Bread

  • Aunt Millie’s bread products (UFVW)
  • Pillsbury rolls (BCTGM)
  • Stroehmann bakery products (BCTGM)

Pie

  • Banquet fruit pies (UFCW)
  • Entenmann’s (BCTGM)
  • Marie Callender’s (UFCW)
  • Pillsbury pie crust (BCTGM)
  • Sara Lee (BCTGM)

Pie Filling

  • Del Monte fresh apples (IBT)
  • Food Club canned pumpkin (UFCW)
  • Kroger pumpkin pie (UFCW)

To find more union-made in America products, visit the Union Label and Service Trades Department.

Election Day 2020: Make Your Voice Heard!

Today is the day. Across the state, millions of Floridians from every corner of the Sunshine State will be casting their vote.

This election is a crucial one for the working people of Florida. We have the power to elect candidates that will put working families first. This year, safety on the job, our right to organize, better wages, and a brighter future are on the ballot. If you haven’t voted yet, today is your last chance. Know before you go: click here to see the Florida AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidates.

Polls are now open statewide. Make sure you’re ready to vote: know your official polling location and bring your identification. Click here to look up your polling location.

If you still have your mail-in ballot, you can return it in-person to your polling location or drop it off at your nearest drop-off location. Click here to find your nearest drop off location. If you are concerned about the status of your mail-in ballot, you can check its status here.

Remember: your vote is your right. If you experience any difficulties casting your ballot, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for assistance.

Union members have been making calls to get out the vote for months and will continue until the polls close. If you’d like to volunteer today, click here.

A better future for working people is possible. Make your voice heard. Solidarity.

Happy Holidays from the Florida AFL-CIO

This Holiday season, however you celebrate, make sure you support our sisters and brothers in Organized Labor by making your celebrations union-made.

This year has been one like no other, but we’re still grateful for Organized Labor, across the Sunshine State and the nation. From all of us at the Florida AFL-CIO, Happy Holidays!

Below you’ll find Holiday guides of Union-made products compiled from Union Plus, the AFL-CIO Union Label and Service Trades Department, and BCTGM.


Union-Made Holiday Gifts

Apparel and Accessories

  • Brooks Brothers (UNITE HERE)
  • Joseph Abboud (UNITE HERE)
  • Majestic Athletic (UNITE HERE)
  • Timex watches (IAM)
  • Naturalizer shoes (UFCW)
  • Nunn Bush shoes (UFCW)
  • Red Wing shoes (UFCW)

Beauty Products

  • Avon (UFCW)
  • Caress skin care (UFCW)
  • ChapStick (USW)
  • Dove beauty products (UFCW)
  • Revlon (UAW)
  • Old Spice (UFCW)

Games

(All made by RWDSU/UFCW)

  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Battleship
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Clue
  • Connect 4
  • The Game of Life
  • Hi Ho! Cherry-O
  • Monopoly
  • Mouse Trap
  • Operation
  • Pictionary
  • Risk
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Taboo
  • Twister
  • Yahtzee

Sports Equipment

  • American Athletic (Russell Brands) (UAW)
  • Louisville Slugger (USW)
  • MacGregor golf clubs (IBB)
  • Standard Golf (IAM)
  • Top-Flite golf balls (IBB)

Stocking Stuffers

  • Rayovac batteries (IBT and UAW)
  • Bic lighters (USW)
  • Ghirardelli chocolates (BCTGM)
  • Jelly Belly (BCTGM)
  • Laffy Taffy (BCTGM)
  • Tootsie Roll Pops (BCTGM)
  • Allan peppermint candy canes (BCTGM)
  • Hershey’s chocolates (BCTGM)
  • See’s Candies (BCTGM)

Union-Made Hanukkah

All information is from Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Food and drink include those brought to you by the Machinists (IAM), United Farm Workers (UFW), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the Teamsters (IBT).

Crackers and Farfel

  • Manischewitz (UFCW)

Meats

  • Empire Kosher (UFCW)

Wine and Grape Juice

  • Arbor Mist (UFCW)
  • C.K. Mondavi (UFW, UFCW)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle (UFW, IBT)
  • Gallo of Sonoma (UFW)
  • Turning Leaf (UFCW)
  • Minute Maid Grape Juice (UFCW)
  • Welch’s Grape Juice (UFCW)

Join Us in Giving Back

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.

Click here to find out more and to make a donation.

Join Us in Getting Out the Vote with the Georgia AFL-CIO

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!

Be a Part of the Solution: Volunteer with the Florida AFL-CIO

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.

South Florida AFL-CIO

Broward County AFL-CIO 

Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO 

Southwest Florida Labor Chapter

West Central Florida Labor Council

Central Florida AFL-CIO

North Central Florida Central Labor Council 

Volusia/Flagler AFL-CIO 

Space Coast AFL-CIO

North Florida Central Labor Council 

Northwest Florida Federation of Labor

Make sure you’re ready to vote! Visit www.workersfirstvoteunion.com to check your registration and learn more about the 2020 elections. 

2020 Florida AFL-CIO Candidate Endorsements

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 

President

Joe Biden for President
Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President

Endorsements By Central Labor Councils

Northwest Florida

CD 1: Phil Ehr
SD 3: Loranne Ausley
HD 9: Allison Tant

North Florida

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

Volusia-Flagler

HD 27: Dolores Guzman

Central Florida

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

Space Coast

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

Broward County

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

South Florida

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