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!
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:
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:
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.