In addition to the high turnout in the elections, the president of Local 199 and AFSCME International Vice President CeeCee Brown says the locals registered 288 members the week before ratification and on voting day. ”This contract was long overdue, but the hard work paid off with a strong contract for our members and the most transparent process we`ve seen for every union contract in Local 199`s history,” said Brown. ”We kept our members informed and partnered with the process with regular updates via email, text, social media and YouTube videos that explain the negotiation process step by step.” The agreement grants, among other things, workers in Florida`s most populous county increased job protection; an adjustment of the cost of living of 2%, with a retroactive rate of 1%; a two-day supplement of $70 for each employee in the bargaining unit; a single remuneration for certain workers; increased rates for many employees; and more. The Department of Industrial and Labor Relations plans, manages, develops, and coordinates the negotiation and management of all of the borough`s collective agreements in accordance with Florida`s by-law. For a list of occupational classifications according to the collective agreement, select the corresponding union: President Brown has issued an emergency call for members to contact lawmakers in both Tallahassee County and Miami-Dade County, and Local 199 members have arrived through time. With an overwhelming number of calls and emails sent to county commissionaires, President Brown was able to work closely with Deputy Mayor Moon, Clerk County Harvey Ruvin and Miami-Dade County lawmakers to close the gap in other areas of the budget and avoid layoffs and layoffs altogether. MIAMI (ED) – After months of tough negotiations, Miami-Dade County public employees have approved a historic contract that offers fair compensation and a better work-life balance. On Monday, June 29, AFSCME Local 199 was informed that the Clerk had a budget deficit of more than $9 million and that this deficit would result in approximately 107 layoffs and layoffs for all of our 2,000 Clerk of Court employees in Miami-Dade County. On July 2, Local 199 held a zoom meeting to discuss our options and establish an action plan to avoid these changes and remind the county of the value of our dedicated people.
Although our professional tasks are very different, we are all public servants. We make sure our neighbourhoods are safe and functional. At the national level, AFSCME members provide the essential services that make America possible. With members in hundreds of different professions – from nurses to prison officers, childcare providers to health workers – AFSCME advocates for equity in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families. When workers have the freedom to unite in strong unions, entire communities benefit. Unions give workers the power in numbers they need to make their communities safer and stronger, and they are essential to repairing an economy that has been manipulated for the benefit of the rich and powerful.