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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
to tell your legislators to protect local education funding by voting
NO on any attempt to force the sharing of local referendum money.
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!
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
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
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
UNTIL NAFTA IS FIXED please visit the AFL-CIO’s page on Trade.
We have passed the halfway point of Legislative Session and the attacks keep coming! Watch as the activists in the Working Families Lobby Corps fight back against the continued onslaught driven by big-money interests and the politicians who do their bidding. Our Constitutional rights, public education and school safety were again targeted by the Legislature and working Floridians were there to meet them on the battlefield that will determine our future!
The battle for Florida’s future continued in week five of Legislative Session. The politicians have drawn the battle lines and Working Families Lobby Corps Activists were there to meet them head on. Hopefully for the future of Florida they will be able to stand up to the Legislature and special interests looking to bring certain apocalypse on the state.