Florida AFL-CIO Grants Dr. Barbara Sharief Prestigious Statewide Early Endorsement

January 16, 2024

Dr. Barbara Sharief, candidate for Florida Senate District 35, is pleased to announce the endorsement of her campaign by the Florida AFL-CIO, a powerful voice and advocate for the rights and well-being of workers across the state. 

This endorsement is a testament to Dr. Sharief’s unwavering commitment to championing the rights and interests of Florida’s workforce. As a union member herself (while working as a nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital), Barbara knows how important Labor Unions are to everyday workers in Florida. 

“I am honored to receive the EARLY endorsement of the Florida AFL-CIO,” said Dr. Barbara Sharief. “Florida’s workers are the backbone of our economy, and their rights, fair wages, and safe working conditions must be protected. As a representative in the Florida Senate, I will continue to advocate for policies that support our workers and their families, ensuring a more just and equitable future for all.”

This Major Endorsement comes just weeks after the Broward Teachers Union endorsed Dr. Sharief. With the Teachers and the Statewide AFL-CIO aboard her campaign, Dr. Sharief said “ The outpouring of support has left me truly humbled. As we begin the new year I will continue to work hard to secure the Democratic nomination in August for SD-35. Our state needs new and effective leadership and I stand ready to go to Tallahassee to fight the Republicans on behalf of Broward County’s residents!”

This new major early endorsement is another blow to Dr. Sharief’s challengers Rodney Jacobs Jr. and Chad Klitzman (who have never held elected office) as they try to increase their name IDs beyond 1% with not much time left to turn around their long-shot bids to defeat Broward’s former Two-Time Mayor Dr. Barbara Sharief. Her campaign recently released polling data that shows her with a commanding lead over her two challengers and she released a large list of Elected and Union Officials, and Democratic Party activists, who have also endorsed her campaign a year early.

The Florida AFL-CIO represents over 500 local labor unions, 10 councils, and over one million union members, retirees, and their families in the state. Below is a comprehensive list of all the unions currently affiliated with the state federation.  

American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME
American Federation of Musicians, AFM
American Federation of Teachers, AFT
Air Line Pilots Association, ALPA
American Postal Workers Union, APWU
Amalgamated Transit Union, ATU
Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, AWIU
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, BAC
Broward County Council of Professional Fire Fighters, BCCPFF
Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers, BCTGM
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, BLET
Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees, BMWE
Communications Workers of America, CWA
Dade County Schools Maintenance Employee Committee, DCSMEC
Florida Building and Construction Trades Council, FBCTC
Florida Education Association, FEA
Federation of Public and Private Employees, FOPE
Florida Electrical Workers Association, FEWA
Florida Professional Firefighters, FPF
Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers, GMP
International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, IAM
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, IBB
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, IBT
International Longshoreman Association, ILA
Iron Workers, IW
International Union of Elevator Constructors, IUEC
International Union of Operating Engineers, IUOE
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT
International Union of Police Associations, IUPA
Laborers’ International Union of North America, LIUNA
Maritime Trades Council, MTC
Masters, Mates & Pilots Maritime Union, MMPMU
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, NABET
National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC
National Conference of Firemen and Oilers, NCFO
National Football League Players Association, NFLPA
National Nurses United, NNU
Office and Professional Employees International Union, OPEIU
Professional Aviation Safety Specialist, PASS
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, RWDSU
Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, SAG-AFTRA
Seafarers International Union, SIU
Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, SMART
Transportation Workers Union, TWU
United Auto Workers, UAW
United Food and Commercial Workers, UFCW
United Federation of Teachers, UFT
Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, UNITE HERE
United Steel Workers, USW
Utility Workers Union of America, UWUA

To learn more about Dr. Barbara Sharief, visit shariefforflorida.com and follow @drbarbarasharief on social media. For interview requests or more information please contact: 954-967-1900, ryann@teamsharief.com