Blondie P. Jordan, former president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Florida Council, was a strong advocate for workers’ rights. She was the daughter of Georgia sharecroppers and a single parent raising six children, and credits those struggles for making her an advocate for women in the workplace.
Ms. Jordan’s determination to improve workers’ rights – particularly pay equity for women – began after she got a job at the Sunland Hospital in Orlando in 1974 and realized that women workers were treated differently than their male counterparts. Her experience turned into activism, and her co-workers elected her President and steward of the AFSCME Local 1967.
In 1982, Ms. Jordan was elected the first African-American International Vice President chosen from a southern state, representing the Caribbean Puerto Rico and Panama. The next year, she was elected president of Council 79, after defeating two other candidates.
Ms. Jordan passed away in 2001.