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.

It’s Time to Pass the PRO Act!

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act or PRO Act is a game-changer for America’s working people. After decades of attacks on our right to organize, if passed, this bill would level the playing field between employers and working people. The bill will empower workers to advocate for improved safety standards, wages, and an economy that works for all.

Last year, the PRO Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives but was stifled by Mitch McConnell and his anti-worker allies. This year the bill has passed the House of Representatives once again, and we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pass this monumental legislation.

Join us in telling the Senate to vote yes on the PRO Act. Click here to sign the petition in support of the PRO Act. Click here to call your senator and tell them to pass the PRO Act.

Across the Sunshine State, members and leaders are continuing to advocate for the passage of the PRO Act.

Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams wrote a guest column for the Orlando Sentinel about the importance of this legislation. You can read it here.

North Central Florida Central Labor Council President Lanny Mathis’s op/ed in support of the PRO Act was published in the Gainesville Sun. You can read it here.

As part of a national week of action by the AFL-CIO, Florida’s Central Labor Councils held events calling on Florida’s senators to vote yes on the PRO Act.

The Space Coast AFL-CIO hosted a digital press conference, which you can watch here.

The West Central Labor Council hosted a press conference in downtown Tampa featuring U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, Florida State Senator Darryl Rouson, Florida State Representatives Susan Valdes and Dianne Hart, and local labor leaders. You can watch the live stream of the event here.

The Central Florida also hosted a press conference calling on our senators to pass the PRO Act in Orlando along with State Representative Anna Eskamani. Click here to watch the live stream.

In Miami, State Senator Annette Taddeo joined the South Florida AFL-CIO for a rally outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s Miami office. After the rally and press conference, union members delivered postcards and local ordinances in support of the PRO Act to the Senator’s office.

The North Florida Central Labor Council hosted a rally and press conference outside of Senator Rubio’s Jacksonville office.

You can join us in sending a message to Senators Rubio and Scott by signing the petition here and calling our senators by clicking here.

2021 Legislative Update Week 9: Game Over

The 2021 Legislative Session has reached its final level, but Florida’s digital defenders will continue the fight for Florida’s working people! Find out more in this edition of the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update: Game Over!

2021 Legislative Update Week 7: Digital Devastation

Our constitutional rights are at risk of a hostile takeover! Working Floridians are fighting back against the dastardly damaged data attempting to derezz Florida’s democracy. Find out more in this edition of the Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update Week 7: Digital Devastation!

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