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State workers in Florida fighting for pay raise, new contract being negotiated

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 18:24:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new contract for state workers in Florida is currently being negotiated.

State workers have not seen a pay raise in over 10 years. That is the main thing they are fighting for.

Negotiations between the state and the union, AFSCME, were on hold for other details of the contract.

Those details include grievance policies, and travel policies for the workers.

The union says that the state's counter offer is taking more away from their contract than wanted.

"If we allow the state to take those things away from us in terms, we're just giving them what they want and we won't have a leg to stand on to fight for our employees," said Felicia Bell, President of Local 2861 in Orlando.

The next steps will be for the union to present its case to the Senate and the House when the next legislative session starts.