This is What Democracy Looks Like in Florida on Lobby Day

by Erick Sanchez  |  February 22, 2012

AFSCME Council 79 Pres. Jeanette Wynn
AFSCME Council 79 Pres. Jeanette Wynn calls on lawmakers to defend the middle class during the union’s Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hundreds of AFSCME members from across Florida traveled yesterday to meet with their elected representatives, speak up for the working class and speak out against recent attacks on workers’ rights.

Some left their homes as early as 2 a.m. to assemble a sea of AFSCME green at the state Capitol. The stakes could not be higher this legislative session. Gov. Rick Scott’s reckless agenda threatens to dismantle workers’ rights that took decades to achieve.

Just last week, thanks to AFSCME members’ efforts and the courage of 21 Democratic and Republican lawmakers who understood the dangers, what would have been the largest prison privatization in American history was defeated in the Florida Senate chamber. This saved 4,000 public jobs in a state that suffers the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country.

We know the attacks on the middle class will continue, but AFSCME Council 79, with the support of the national union, will work to defend workers’ rights and keep the middle class strong.

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