For Florida’s workers, making their way in the world today takes everything they’ve got! Unfortunately, the Florida Legislature is decidedly not a place where everyone knows your name. It’s another week of cheers and jeers in the Sunshine State!
Author: Michael Newberger
2022 Legislative Update Week 5: The Tally Bunch!
Here’s the story of a lousy legislature and the working people who fought back for our rights! Find out more in Week 5 of the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update: The Tally Bunch!
2022 Legislative Update Week 4: All In The Legislature!
This week on the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update, the characters you know and love are up to their same old antics!
Tune in to Week 4 of our Legislative Update series for yet another laugh-filled look at what’s going on in our State Capitol. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to get involved!
2022 Legislative Update Week 3: I Dream of Tallahassee
The 2022 Florida Legislative Session continues and things are getting zany in Florida’s Capitol! Tune in to this edition of the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update: I Dream of Tallahassee!
2022 Legislative Update Week 2: The Florida Legislature Show
Don’t touch that dial! The Florida Legislature Show is back for another week of hijinks and attacks on the rights of Florida’s working people.
Catch all of the laughs in Week 2 of the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update: The Florida Legislature Show!
2022 Legislative Update Week 1: Leave It to the Legislature!
The Florida Legislature kicked off the 2022 Legislative Session with another round of reruns and attacks on Florida’s working people. Tune into Week 1 of the Florida AFL-CIO’s 2022 Legislative Update: Leave It To The Legislature!
2022 Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update: The Reruns Continue!
The 2022 Florida Legislative Session is officially here, and the Florida Legislature is bringing back all the same old hits. Join the Florida AFL-CIO for the 2022 Legislative Update: Rerun Edition.
Working Families Lobby Corps 2022: Back in Tallahassee
This year the Working Families Lobby Corps is returning to Tallahassee! While we had some success last year during the Virtual Working Families Lobby Corps, we’re excited to have our citizen activists back in the halls of power in Tallahassee.
From the first day of the Legislative Session to Sine Die, its official closing, members of the Working Families Lobby Corps are the voice standing up for Florida’s working people. This year Working Families Lobby Corps members will be returning to in-person advocacy in the Florida Capitol. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all members of this year’s WFLC will be required to show proof of vaccination.
As a member of the Working Families Lobby Corps, you will spend a week in Tallahassee speaking up for Florida’s working families. Members can look forward to learning the ins and outs of Florida’s legislative process, meeting with their elected officials, becoming empowered to bring the fight for working people back to their communities, and solidarity with their fellow working people.
There have been some minor changes to the program as we return to in-person events. Members will now travel on Sundays, in anticipation of Monday morning committee meetings. Legislative briefings will depend on scheduled committees/legislation. Morning briefings will continue as usual from Tuesday through Thursday.
The Working Families Lobby Corps has been the premier program fighting back against legislation that harms working people. Click here to sign up to join the 2022 Working Families Lobby Corps.
Media Advisory: Florida AFL-CIO Strongly Supports Build Back Better Framework
The Florida AFL-CIO expresses its full support for the Build Back Better framework. These critical investments into our infrastructure and the American people will empower working families, expand America’s workforce, and build a brighter future for the American people.
“Those of us in organized labor have always known that President Joe Biden has our backs, and the Build Back Better framework shows his deep commitment to lifting up workers across our country,” said Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams. “The announcement of this framework makes clear that President Biden is dedicated to lowering costs for families, creating good-paying union jobs that provide economic security for workers, and investing in our infrastructure for generations to come. We stand in solidarity with President Biden and the Democrats in Congress who have worked extensively on legislation that will improve the lives of workers throughout our nation.”
These policies and investments into America’s workforce and infrastructure will put America on the right track to emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before.
The Florida AFL-CIO represents over one million union members, retirees, and their families in the state of Florida.
For more information, please contact Michael Newberger, Communications Director for the Florida AFL-CIO, at Mnewberger@flaflcio.org or at 850-570-9953.
Florida Union Members Celebrate Labor Day
|Across the Sunshine State, members of the Florida AFL-CIO celebrated America’s working people, called for the passage of the PRO Act, and discussed the path forward for America’s working people. Working people built this country and continue to keep it running throughout these difficult times. That’s something to celebrate every day of the year, not just on Labor Day, and you can help by signing the petition in support of the PRO Act.|
“This Labor Day, Remember What Workers Have Fought For”
Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams has Op/Ed published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Labor Day isn’t just another day off of work, it’s a moment to remember the working people who stood up for our rights as working people, wrote Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams in an op/ed published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel this Labor Day. You can read President Williams’ Op/Ed here.
|Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO Hosts Labor Day Picnic Sunday, September 5th|
|Sunday, September 5th, the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO held a picnic for its members celebrating Labor Day. The event was attended by union members and local elected officials in the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast area. Food, music, and solidarity were enjoyed as part of the Labor Day celebration. Both WPTV and WFLX stopped by the picnic.|
|Northwest Florida Federation of Labor Members Give Back to Veterans in Pensacola and Tallahassee|
|The Northwest Florida Federation of Labor held days of action in both Pensacola and in Tallahassee, along with the Big Bend Labor Chapter. Union members in both Tallahassee and Pensacola collected donations and supplies for veterans in the Northwest Florida area.|
In Pensacola, members collected and organized donations and supplies for the HER Foundation and Pensacola Veterans Village. They collected over $1500 dollars in monetary donations and filled the IBEW 7606 Hall with donations.
The Big Bend Labor Chapter, along with the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor, collected over $1,500 in monetary donations and over $6000 worth of supplies to benefit Support Services for Veterans and Families and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
WTXL in Tallahassee has more on the Big Bend Labor Chapter and the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor’s day of action to support homeless veterans in the Tallahassee area.
|Central Florida AFL-CIO Hosts Canvass For Orlando City Elections|
Members of the Central Florida AFL-CIO spent their Labor Day by getting out the vote for union-endorsed candidates in the upcoming Orlando City Elections. Members spent the day safely knocking doors and enjoyed a barbecue and solidarity after the efforts.
|South Florida AFL-CIO Holds Press Conference in Support of Essential Workers|
The South Florida AFL-CIO, along with IBEW 349, UNITE HERE 355, United Teachers of Dade, SEIU 1991, AFSCME 1184, and local elected officials and community advocates, hosted a press conference in support of Florida’s essential workers.
|North Florida AFL-CIO Celebrates Labor History Digitally|
|The North Florida Central Labor Council celebrated Labor Day by hosting a digital celebration of America’s working people, featuring a look at the history of America’s unions and union members shared their stories about the importance of the labor movement. They were also joined by local Jacksonville politicians and Representative Charlie Crist. You can watch the celebration here.|
|Broward County Holds 2021 Virtual Labor Ball|
|Saturday, September 11th, the Broward AFL-CIO hosted their annual Labor Ball. This year the event was held virtually and was joined by local union leaders, elected officials, and working people from the Broward County area. |
This year’s honorees were the Broward County School Board and Broward Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicki Cartwright in recognition of their service and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and their dedication to the safety of Broward County’s students, teachers, and education professionals.