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
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!”
Floridians’ right to organize: under siege! Our say in local governments: consumed by big money! Citizens’ voice in our democracy: stifled by the terror of Tallahassee.
Week five of the 2020 Legislative Session saw the thrills, chills and terror continue from the State Capitol here in Tallahassee. Get the full picture with the newest episode of the Florida AFL-CIO’s Legislative Update: Razing Our Rights!
An out-of-state billionaire funded think tank has cooked up a new scheme to attack the unions representing our teachers, state and municipal workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other public sector workers. The bill is similar to policies that have been enacted in Alaska (although currently being blocked by a court order) to change the ways in which union members can keep their membership.
HB 1 will make it far more difficult for all public sector workers to exercise their constitutional right to stay in their union!
· HB 1 would require dues authorizations to be renewed every three years or upon authorization of a new contract, meaning the union would have to chase down re-authorization forms from members who have no intention of leaving the union.
· After the employer receives a signed dues authorization, deductions would not start until the employer goes on to “confirm with the employee, electronically or by other means, that he or she authorized the deduction of dues and uniform assessments.” This puts the employer in charge of the dues authorization process for the first time in history. Our public sector workers will have an indeterminate period of confusion and fear as they wait for their employer to verify their membership. There is no time frame or penalty for employers in the bill.
Public sector workers understand their Right to Work. This language is intended to tip the scales against membership.
· HB 1 is unnecessary. Florida’s workers NEVER have to join their union. It is their choice and they can cancel their membership at any time.
· HB 1 places a burden on workers who want to be a member in their union. It forces them to reauthorize every three years or upon authorization of a new contract, even though they can already quit at any time.
· HB 1 will create chaos. There are no time limits or other requirements for the employer to confirm the membership authorizations. They can simply ignore the requests for long periods of time.
HB 1 is the product of wealthy out-of-state special interests. The bill does not address any problems in Florida and does nothing to improve the situation for our public sector employees.
Call your Representative and let them know that you stand against this legislation.