2020 Legislative Update: It Came From Tallahassee

Florida’s legislative session is here and our state is under attack!

This year we’re back just in time, as positively monstrous threats to working people are coming from our Capitol!

Stay tuned for our weekly updates on the issues, thrills and chills coming out of this session!

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See you next week for our first update!

On January 13th: Stand Up for Florida’s Public Schools

Come join thousands of public education staff, teachers, families and stakeholders in our education system as we Take On Tallahassee to fight for a better future for Florida’s students.

The rally will be held on Monday, January 13th, the day before Florida’s 2020 legislative session begins. We’re standing up for the funding that our schools and students deserve, fair pay for all of our state’s education staff, an end to the over-testing of our students and for more local control of our school districts. 

The stakes couldn’t be higher for Florida’s education system and together we will make our voices heard. The rally will begin at 1:30 at the Florida Capitol and will feature speakers from across Florida and the nation, all standing up for our students.

The full schedule, parking information and RSVP details can be found at this link.

This event will send a strong message to our legislature, and your voice will help it resonate even stronger. We hope to see you there.

Working Family Lobby Corps: Your Voice in the Capitol

From the first committee weeks, through sine die, the end of every Legislative Session, Working Families Lobby Corps activists represent Florida’s working people at the Capitol. Those same activists leave the Capitol empowered to take the fight home, spreading the word about how “politics as usual” really works in Tallahassee, and galvanizing their Sisters and Brothers to join the fight.

This year, the union members and citizen activists of the Working Families Lobby Corps will be in Tallahassee once again – every day – to make sure ALL working people in the state are represented fairly. We will continue to be there every day to speak out in favor of workers and WILL be heard.

Click hear to find out how to make your voice heard in Tallahassee

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 9

The Florida Legislature’s annual assault on Working Families has come to an end. The final week saw a flurry of legislation guaranteeing an apocalyptic future for Floridians, and as the smoke clears the dystopian reality is becoming clear. Check out our final video of the year to see the last minute attack unfold and how the activists form the Working Families Lobby Corps stood strong against the politicians and their big-money friends.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 8

Florida’s Legislative Session is winding down, but the attacks on working families are still coming at full force. Committee meetings have ended so the final shape of our dark dystopian future is taking focus. The politicians and their big-industry allies continued the assault on public education, local control and healthcare access, setting up an apocalyptic reality for working Floridians. Thankfully, the Working Families Lobby Corps was there to meet their attack and help preserve Florida for future generations.

🚨LEG ALERT: Protect Public School Funding

The Senate is considering legislation that would force school districts to share local referendum money with charter schools. This legislation would undermine the voice of voters who have approved public education funding by passing a local referendum.

Call 855-871-3201 NOW to be contacted to your Representative’s Office and tell them:

  • This legislation will further erode public education funding by diverting funds local voters approved to charter schools
  • The referendums did not include charter schools based on the law when passed, and several explicitly said no local funds would go to charter schools
  • Charter schools do not undergo the same scrutiny as public schools and this legislation will not require them to provide the necessary transparency to show they are responsibly using public money
  • Legislators need to remove this provision and uphold the will of the voters, uphold local control, and uphold transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.

CLICK HERE for a list of Legislators and their Twitter handles. Tweet your Representatives and let them know they need to oppose this legislation!

Call 855-871-3201 to tell your legislators to protect local education funding by voting NO on any attempt to force the sharing of local referendum money.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 7

Week 7 of Legislative Session saw the politicians pull out all the stops in their attack on working families. Political tricks and last-minute amendments were used to be sure the big-money special interests were taken care of at the expense of Florida’s future generations. Public school safety and funding, access to healthcare and our constitutional rights were all under attack, and the Working Families Lobby Corps was there to fight back!

NO Vote on NAFTA

American families have long suffered the consequences of bad trade deals negotiated behind closed doors. We lived the failures of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) when we saw good union jobs shipped overseas. The solution isn’t less trade, but better rules—rules that put America’s working families first.

For over two decades we have demanded NAFTA be renegotiated, but a new multi-million dollar campaign led by the Chamber of Commerce and other industry leaders threaten to write vital worker protections out of the plan once again. We must tell Congress there should be no vote until the agreement includes better wages, creates and secures jobs, protects our environment, and safeguards our democracy.

CALL 1-855-856-7545 AND TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: NO VOTE UNTIL NAFTA IS FIXED

  • The current text provides more promises than it does concrete solutions. While there are some improvements to the original labor and environmental rules, and new ideas to boost U.S. content in traded goods, these modest changes aren’t enough to ensure working families will benefit.
  • The deal lacks effective provisions to reduce outsourcing in such key sectors as autos, aerospace, processed meat and foods, and call centers. Outsourcing remains a key concern for America’s working families. In a recent example, at the start of February, GM began laying off the first half of an announced layoff of 8,000 U.S. employees—and it has announced the closure of two assembly plants and two transmission plants in the United States and one in Canada, even as it expands operations in Mexico.
  • Some of the revised deal’s rules are even worse than the current NAFTA, including monopoly rights for pharmaceutical corporations that will keep drug prices sky high, and new rules that will undermine public interest protections, such as those that keep workers safe on the job.
  • Rather than accepting that this is the best the three countries can do, we’re urging the parties to go back to the table to fight for an ironclad agreement that working people can endorse and be proud of. That means an agreement that raises wages, protects workers and grows our economy.
  • Working people bear the burden of the continuing failures of NAFTA and its impact on our jobs, our environment, our communities and our democracy. We know the solution isn’t less trade, but better rules—rules that put families and communities first. That has been our goal since day one, and our standard to support any new deal.

Congress should not put the new NAFTA to a vote until working people and our needs have been prioritized in the agreement. There should be no vote on the NAFTA until it has been fixed and working people and our jobs have been secured. That means an agreement that raises wages, created and secures jobs, protects our environment and safeguards our democracy. For more information including a petition to tell Congress NO VOTE UNTIL NAFTA IS FIXED please visit the AFL-CIO’s page on Trade.

To download a flyer please click HERE.