Florida AFL-CIO

Type: Organization
Name: Florida AFL-CIO
First reported Apr 11 2014 - Updated Apr 11 2014 - 1 reports

Pension reform has good day for Weatherford, but is it a last gasp?

Despite indications of a difficult path ahead , pension reform continued to advance through the Legislature on Thursday, keeping the hopes alive for the man pushing it, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford .The Senate’s Governmental Oversight and Accountability ... [Published Tampa Bay Times - Apr 11 2014]
First reported Apr 11 2014 - Updated Apr 11 2014 - 1 reports

Lugo files to run against Mayfield for state House seat

Jorge Lugo is challenging incumbent Republican . Race: Florida House District 54 (Indian River and part of St. Lucie)Name/Party: Jorge D. Lugo, DemocratAge: 35City: Vero Beach Experience: Education Association executive board member, School District health ... [Published TCPalm - Apr 11 2014]
First reported Apr 10 2014 - Updated Apr 10 2014 - 2 reports

No Retirement Party

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Scrapping the state’s retirement system isn’t on the table, but defaulting workers into an investment plan is gaining support. Many are worried change could push the current system into collapse.Law enforcement, teachers, and other public ... [Published WJHG - Apr 10 2014]
First reported Apr 10 2014 - Updated Apr 10 2014 - 1 reports

Senate panel revises bill to provide in-state tuition rates to students here illegally

NAPLES — Legislation offering in-state tuition rates to college students who are in the country illegally continued to slowly make its way through the state Senate on Wednesday, but not before picking up provisions opposed by Gov. Rick Scott.The bill ... [Published Naples Daily News - Apr 10 2014]
First reported Apr 04 2014 - Updated Apr 05 2014 - 1 reports

Scaled-back pension bill gets approval from House panel

Reviving hopes for one of House Speaker Will Weatherford's key priorities, a divided House State Affairs Committee on Friday signed off on a scaled-back set of changes to the pension system for public employees.But the panel's party-line, 11-6 vote signaled ... [Published News-Press.com - Apr 04 2014]
First reported Apr 05 2014 - Updated Apr 05 2014 - 1 reports

Panel tweaks Florida Retirement System

TALLAHASSEE — A House committee voted on straight party lines to close the Florida Retirement System to elected officers and top government officials Friday, proposing some financial incentives for future employees to opt into a 401(k)-style investment ... [Published Tampa Tribune - Apr 05 2014]
First reported Apr 05 2014 - Updated Apr 05 2014 - 1 reports

Latvala no longer a lock to back compromise on Weatherford's pension reform

Pension reform showed its first visible signs of life in the House on Friday, as a compromise bill that would steer new hires away from the state’s guaranteed benefit system cleared its first committee, State Affairs, by a 11-6 vote.While this should ... [Published Tampa Bay Times - Apr 05 2014]
First reported Apr 04 2014 - Updated Apr 04 2014 - 1 reports

WCTV: Florida Young Workers Speak Out

WCTV's Lanetra Bennett reports: The Florida AFL-CIO, young workers, union members, activists, Rep. Dwight Bullard and students from across the state of Florida are urging legislators to take action this legislative session on: establishing tuition equity ... [Published Progressive States Network - Apr 04 2014]
First reported Apr 03 2014 - Updated Apr 03 2014 - 1 reports

Revisions rather than overhaul likely in state pension plan

TALLAHASSEE — Legislative leaders are closing in on a compromise to revise the massive Florida Retirement System, building on a failed measure from last year that scuttled a major overhaul of the pension plan covering nearly a million Floridians.House ... [Published Tampa Tribune - Apr 03 2014]
First reported Mar 31 2014 - Updated Apr 01 2014 - 1 reports

Sebastian teacher Lugo to challenge Mayfield in Fla. House race

Jorge Lugo is challenging incumbent Republican Debbie Mayfield, a Vero Beach marketing consultantRace: Florida House District 54Name/Party: Jorge D. Lugo, DemocratAge: 35City: Vero Beach Experience: Education Association executive board member, school ... [Published TCPalm - Mar 31 2014]

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"First of all it has to have reasonable benefits, it has to have responsible funding and it has to have prudent investment" said Williams
"What is in this bill, I didn't actually want to support, because it doesn't do anything, in my opinion ---it doesn't do enough," Brodeur said. "... It is not right that taxpayers should have to pay extra every single year because we can't get the structure right."
...10. The group says that 70 percent of jobs being created are part-time. A warehouse worker from Jacksonville, Florida, Dave Snyder, says, "It's not a living wage. I'm here to tell you as a person who works two jobs: one in the middle of the night at a warehouse loading boxes; and the second one in a call center for minimum wage. I'm here to tell you, it's not enough to make ends meet with rent, with the cost of living. This is the fundamental issue of my class and my generation." The coalition is also fighting for issues that affect Florida's teachers, such as testing and accountability

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Pension reform has good day for Weatherford, bu... [Published Tampa Bay Times - Apr 11 2014]
Lugo files to run against Mayfield for state Ho... [Published TCPalm - Apr 11 2014]
No Retirement Party [Published WJHG - Apr 10 2014]
Workers opposed to tweaking retirement system [Published News4Jax.com - Apr 10 2014]
Senate panel revises bill to provide in-state t... [Published Naples Daily News - Apr 10 2014]
Panel tweaks Florida Retirement System [Published Tampa Tribune - Apr 05 2014]
Latvala no longer a lock to back compromise on ... [Published Tampa Bay Times - Apr 05 2014]
Scaled-back pension bill gets approval from Hou... [Published News-Press.com - Apr 04 2014]
WCTV: Florida Young Workers Speak Out [Published Progressive States Network - Apr 04 2014]
Revisions rather than overhaul likely in state ... [Published Tampa Tribune - Apr 03 2014]
Sebastian teacher Lugo to challenge Mayfield in... [Published TCPalm - Mar 31 2014]
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