Florida AFL-CIO

Labor report: As demand for workers increases, FL cuts unemployment benefits

BY: - July 16, 2021

Florida’s labor report Friday cites 69,300 new private-sector jobs in the economy over the past month and an increase of 907,000 jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic forced 1.3 million workers off their jobs in spring 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Still, 523,000 Florida workers were unemployed in June, comprising 5 percent of […]

Advocates in FL are considering legal action against DeSantis for ceasing federal unemployment supplement

BY: - June 24, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to cut off distribution of the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement, a labor union is exploring legal action if the governor doesn’t reverse course. The federal unemployment program expires in Florida on Saturday but the Florida AFL-CIO hopes DeSantis will accede to its petition, supported by additional advocacy groups, urging […]

The Florida Democratic Party is now a union shop

BY: - December 18, 2020

The Florida Democratic Party has gone union. Henceforth, rank-and-file employees will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, Local 824 of the AFL-CIO. “The Florida Democratic Party and the labor movement have consistently been advocates for working people,” Party chair Terrie Rizzo said in a written statement released Friday. “By unionizing, […]

Gov. DeSantis’ lack of urgency on unemployment: Jobless workers still don’t have $300 supplement

BY: - August 26, 2020

From the East Coast to the West, from the Gulf Coast to Alaska, at least 30 states have signed up for a $300 federal supplement per week for jobless workers. But not Florida. In a state that has the lowest unemployment benefits in the nation, Gov. Ron DeSantis has thus far chosen not to provide […]

Postal workers hold rallies across U.S. to #SaveThePostOffice

BY: - August 25, 2020

Postal workers and supporters from Mount Dora in Florida to Mount Vernon in Washington state hosted rallies across the country Tuesday to demand more funding and fewer cutbacks to restore timely delivery of the U.S. mail, especially in the midst of elections. In Florida, scores gathered at rallies sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union […]

Nurses battling virus on front lines in understaffed hospitals: A brave nurse speaks out

BY: - May 15, 2020

Millicent Bowerbank, a registered nurse in Miami, has been providing nonstop care for COVID-19 patients without a break at times during graveyard shifts, because there aren’t enough trained nurses to care for people infected with the coronavirus. “I have experience where I cried because I was in this isolation area from about 10 p.m. to […]

FL workers struggle to claim unemployment benefits, even as feds increase aid during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - March 30, 2020

Maxine Jackson worked as a housekeeper at the posh St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami-Dade County until March 20, when she was laid off. Now Jackson, is a single mother raising five children, needs help in the form of unemployment benefits that Florida pays workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their […]

Dems respond to Gov. DeSantis: What about Medicaid expansion, affordable housing, higher wages for workers?

BY: - January 14, 2020

Shortly after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered his second state-of-the-state address on Tuesday, Florida Democrats and their allies gathered to raise issues that they say are being ignored by the Republican majority. Heading into the annual 60-day legislative session, Democrats called for the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health care program for the poor and […]

Senate panel approves Florida Forever funding and fracking ban

BY: - November 4, 2019

Marking the fifth anniversary of Florida’s constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive land, a Senate committee voted Monday to allocate $100 million a year to fund the program. The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative has not been fully funded since its adoption by voters on Nov. 4, 2014. The Senate Committee on […]


Advocates and Dems mourn “the death of democracy” as GOP moves to block Constitutional Amendments

BY: - April 10, 2019

A group of Democratic lawmakers and liberal advocates held a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, speaking before a mock tombstone denoting the end of democracy in Florida. What’s going on? Two bills moving swiftly through the Florida Legislature would make it prohibitively more difficult to pass citizen-based Constitutional Amendments. “Issues like raising the […]