2024 Sine Die Legislative Brief

The 2024 Legislative Session is in the history books. The big business special interests, largely sidelined over the past two years by the Governor’s culture wars, were back with a vengeance pushing legislation that will line their pockets at the expense of Florida’s working families. The Working Families Lobby Corps ran a strong program this year with hundreds of union members participating in the process over the nine weeks of Session. Check out our final Sine Die brief for the final status of some of the most important issues we tackled this year. While we weren’t always successful against the big business juggernaut and their cronies in the Capitol, we organized, we spoke out and we fought hard for Florida’s workers and their families. While the powers that be will continue to try and diminish our movement, they will never win and we will always continue to stand up for what is right.  

Download your 2024 Sine Die Legislative Brief here. The brief is a quick look at some of the bills that were tracked throughout the 2024 Florida Legislative Session and their final status.

It’s Time to Rise Up!

Florida’s working families are fed up! They are tired of an unresponsive legislature that has done nothing to address the homeowners’ insurance crisis, lack of affordable housing, the crippling teacher shortage, lack of healthcare access and all the other real issues facing Florida’s workers and their families.  The 2024 elections are our time to act and get a new legislature that finally does the work of the people.

Our journey starts with the 2024 COPE Endorsing Convention!  The convention will be held June 22 – 23, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown, 400 South East 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

The COPE Convention shall be held to consider our political endorsements and our support or opposition for critical constitutional amendments on the ballot. 

The Hyatt Regency Miami hotel has provided us with a rate of $179.00 per night. Reservations must be made by May 28th, 2024, to receive the group rate. You may call the hotel directly – 305-358-1234 and reference code: G-KSIB or to make your reservation online, go here.

If you would like to bring a guest, please click here for our guest registration form.

If you have any questions about the convention or your credentials, please contact your union leadership or Helen Parker at hparker@flaflcio.org.

SB 256 Update

Updates on SB 256 – Eliminating the Rights of our Public Sector Workers

The rule making process to implement SB 256 is underway.  The Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) is taking on the task of writing the rules that will determine how our public sector unions will operate in this new reality.

The Florida AFL-CIO has convened a strong coalition of attorneys and leaders from the public sector who are following the process closely and participating at every step.  All our public sector affiliates are represented in this coalition.  Three public hearings have been held and the rules are slowly coming together.  You can get updates, review proposed rules, and sign up for updates here:


We are navigating very complex and serious legal waters here.  We ask that you do not submit any comments on the proposed rules at this time unless they have been reviewed by the legal team.  If you have any questions on this process, please contact Rich Templin with the Florida AFL-CIO – 850-224-6926.

While this process moves forward, our public sector unions are working hard in the trenches on what could be the largest internal organizing campaign in Florida history.  We will work, we will persevere, and we will thrive! 

CWA Actions in Florida

Earlier this week, hundreds of journalists across the country walked off their jobs in protest against Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain. This coincided with their annual shareholder meeting and was the largest collective action that Gannett employees have ever taken to date. Two dozen newsrooms across seven states participated in the one-day strike to demand that Gannett get serious about reinvesting in local news.

Members in Florida played their part, staging walkouts in Jacksonville, Palm Beach and Naples/Fort Myers. Check out the news clips below:




Palm Beach


Naples/Ft Myers


National/State Coverage



In addition to the Gannett Strike, Maximus Call Center workers were on the line as well, and joined in the effort on Monday in Tampa. These workers have faced low wages, timed bathroom visits and layoffs while the CEO hires contractors to fill the jobs. See more about their action on Monday:


Tampa Maximus Strike Florida Phoenix

Please keep up with our activities moving forward and remember a threat to one is a threat to all!

2023 Working Families Lobby Corps Sine Die and SB 256 Update Video

The craziness has ended on the floor of the Capitol, but that doesn’t mean our fight is done! Check out our final WFLC update to see what happened and the future of our fight for Working Families in Florida.