- It has been said that the “government is best which governs least.” This bill is a perfect example of an unnecessary government mandate. What greater good is served by requiring hundreds of thousands of employees to annually complete more paperwork?
- “Paycheck protection” bills like this are part of a national movement to not only weaken labor unions but to directly attack public education. There are very real problems that Floridians want their legislators to address. This is not one of them.
- The bill is an insult to educators and other union members by assuming they did not know what they were doing when they made the choice to become a union member. The right to join a labor organization as well as that organization’s right to collectively bargain are enshrined in Florida’s Constitution. This bill seeks only to undermine those constitutional rights.
SB 804, sponsored by Jeff Brandes, is the latest legislative attempt to attack labor unions in Florida. The bill would require union membership to be an annual membership with each member having to sign up each year. Additionally, the bill would add specific language – which must be in 14-point font and bolded – to each union membership form.
HB 1 is the companion bill.
We oppose this bill.