Join the Florida AFL-CIO in ensuring every Labor household counts, make sure you’re counted in the 2020 census. Census information is incredibly important for the allocation of over 1.5 trillion dollars in federal, state, and local programs and services. This data also plays a crucial part in deciding political power and representation in Congress.
Due to the COVID-19 panic, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the period you can self respond until October 31st of this year. Responding to the census is one of the quickest, easiest and most important things you can do.
Ways to be counted
If you have received your paper questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau, simply fill out the questionnaire and return it in the enclosed envelope. Make sure the outer envelope’s return address is from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.
Why it matters
Standing up and being counted helps our democracy function. Federal programs use this information to allocate resources for everything from education to hospitals and your representation in government. In times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic or hurricanes, this information helps emergency management and first responders make critical decisions.
Statewide, Florida AFL-CIO Affiliates are working to protect their communities during the pandemic. You’ll find ways to help support them in their efforts below.
UNITE HERE! Local 355 Fund for South Florida Hospitality Workers
Workers in the hospitality industry have been hit exceptionally hard in Florida and across the nation by closures in the wake of COVID-19. UNITE HERE! Local 355 in South Florida is currently accepting funds to support hospitality workers who have been unemployed by the crisis.
Florida State Association Of Letter Carriers is Continuing their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Digitally
Every year, the National Association of Letter Carriers collects millions of pounds of food to help fight hunger in the United States. This year, to practice social distancing, the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers is raising funds to donate to food banks across the Sunshine State. Your donation will go to your local food bank by zip code.
The National AFL-CIO, Florida AFL-CIO, and our Affiliates and Central Labor Councils are working across the state and the nation to ensure that working families stay safe at home and on the job. Below you will find resources for our union members and working Floridians at the national, state and local levels. For further questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is it! After weeks of all out terror and attacks on the working people of Florida, the Florida Legislature entered it’s final week of Legislative Session.
The week saw last minute pushes by nefarious forces to strip Floridians of their democratic rights, serve giant tax cuts to their corporate masters and further shroud our government from we, the people!
Brave Floridians fought back, stopping the legislature from enacting their campaign of horror and standing up for the working families of the Sunshine State.
Find out more about the ins and outs of this week’s legislative session in Week 9: The End Is Here!
Across Florida and the nation, working people are taking the necessary precautions to stay safe in the face of COVID-19.
Below you’ll find resources from the National AFL-CIO on how to help prevent it’s spread and the actions Organized Labor is taking to stand up for working people.
CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 BE VIGILANT. BE PREPARED. DON’T PANIC.
The COVID-19 outbreak is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It has spread rapidly around the globe and now throughout the United States. The World Health
Organization (WHO) has classified the outbreak as a pandemic.
Federal health officials have said we should prepare for severe disruptions to group
gatherings and public
settings, such as schools and other workplaces, and everyday life, raising a number
of concerns for working people.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS?
The COVID-19 virus is spreading from person to person, and there has been community transmission in the United States. Workplace exposure is a
serious concern. Health care workers and Transportation Security
agents have become infected with the virus. The virus can spread through the air and
survive on surfaces.
It can be transmitted even when people do not have symptoms; and symptoms may be mild and may not present
for up to two weeks. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, shortness of
ache and fatigue, whereas a runny or stuffy
nose and a sore throat
are more common with the
seasonal flu and common cold. The disease is more deadly than the seasonal flu, with a higher
risk of severe
disease or death among older people,
individuals with an underlying illness, and current and former smokers.
Those left unprotected at work are at a greater risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus.
Information on the outbreak and virus is constantly evolving. See the links at the end for the most up-to-date information.
WORKERS AT INCREASED RISK
Working people are at increased risk if they frequently interact with potentially infected or infected individuals. Workers, listed below, are on the front lines and have an increased risk of exposure; however, as the outbreak evolves, all workers may be affected in some way.
Health care workers;
Emergency responders (e.g., law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs);
Airline operations (e.g., pilots, flight attendants, other airport workers);
Other transportation operations;
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and TSA workers;
Workers who have been
identified as “essential personnel”
by their employers during
an outbreak or quarantine; and
Other workers with broad exposure to the public.
FOR WORKERS AND UNIONS
workplace plans to identify potential exposure routes, controls to mitigate
risk, such as isolation, social distancing and personal
protective equipment, and training
Emphasis on personal hygiene practices, hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
Protocols to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
(CDC) recommendations when hosting
and attending events
from agencies in charge
different groups of workers
that recognize the necessity for
airborne protections for front-line workers.
Adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, especially N95 respirators and those offering a greater level of
respirator fit testing.
Plans for supply shortages, including triage and prioritization.
in case of a workplace or community outbreak,
including possible self-quarantine or
Resources and preparation for a surge in demand for health services, including hospital beds and caregivers.
Much greater capacity for coronavirus testing, with a priority for testing health care workers who take care of patients.
possible for sick workers,
schools have closed and
pay, seniority or benefits.
to ensure that workers
are not discouraged by cost considerations
from seeking preventive treatment, testing,
with a guarantee
that any sectoral assistance actually benefits
WHAT WE’VE DONE
Launched immediate and ongoing response and coordination of
information and expertise to address
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency
for infectious diseases to protect all at-risk
workers from COVID-19 and future infectious diseases.
supplemental funding that
health and safety training in emergency response preparedness and workplace
Congress to pass COVID-19
legislation and economic stimulus legislation that includes priorities of working people.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Working with Congress, federal agencies, and state and local governments to ensure workers are
at the forefront of
the U.S. strategy to
be protected at work during this crisis.
strong enforceable standards to
ensure that employers provide workers the necessary protections
to keep them safe
illnesses on the job.
and rebuilding our systems of health
care, other worker protections, and economic stabilizers
exposed by the crisis.
Staying tuned to the AFL-CIO webpage below for the latest developments.
The Sinister Session continues it’s all out assault on Florida’s Democracy! Big Money looks for another hand out and the Florida Legislature is happy to oblige! Our right to direct democracy may soon be rendered to ashes!
All this and more in this week’s Legislative Update, The Sinister Session, your guide to the horror coming out of our State Capitol!
FLORIDA’S DEMOCRACY IS UNDER SIEGE! DARKNESS CONTINUES TO SPREAD OVER FLORIDA’S GOVERNMENT! OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SILENCED IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE GREED!
The terror continues in this week’s Legislative Update: The Destruction of Democracy. Tune in to find out the whole story on what’s happening in the State Capitol and how working Floridians are fighting back!