June 9, 2018 / Press Releases

Florida AFL-CIO Endorses Bill Nelson for Reelection

ORLANDO, FL – The Florida AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization, celebrated their endorsement of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s reelection campaign on Saturday at the organization’s statewide convention in Orlando. With hundreds of the organization’s members gathered for the conference, leaders of the AFL-CIO pointed to Bill Nelson’s record of defending and fighting for hard-working Florida families.

“We are honored to endorse and stand with Senator Bill Nelson, a leader who has been fighting every single day for Florida families, working to create an economy and Florida that works for the future,” said Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams. “Senator Nelson is dedicated to improving access to affordable health care, investing in education to support our students and teachers and working for protections to keep workers safe. It’s so important for the future of Florida and our working families that we reelect Bill Nelson in November.”

Nelson supports workers’ rights and increasing the minimum wage,  opposes workplace discrimination, defends Medicare and Social Security, and continues to fight against Republican attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions of Floridians get access to health care.

As ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Nelson has been an advocate of investing in projects to improve Florida’s infrastructure and protecting consumers and workers.

On Saturday, Nelson addressed hundreds of workers and retirees during the Florida AFL-CIO annual convention in Orlando.

“I am honored to have the support of the hard-working men and women who are the heartbeat of our communities and Florida’s economy,” Nelson said. “I will continue to fight each and every day for our hard-working families and the future of our great state.”

In contrast, Rick Scott has been a disaster for hard-working families in Florida – slashing benefits, playing politics with their pensions, opposing a minimum wage increase and making it harder for Floridians to obtain unemployment insurance, attacking our teachers, and gutting public education funding and health care, which has increased the cost of health care, while also growing the number of uninsured Floridians.

“Rick Scott has put himself, his donors and his political future ahead of Florida workers and the hard-working families that are the backbone of our state’s economy,” AFL-CIO President Williams said.

The Florida AFL-CIO represents more than one million union members, retirees and their families through 500 local labor unions including construction workers, teachers, our first responders, correctional officers, health care professionals, agricultural workers, hotel and restaurant employees, and transportation workers.