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SB 1014/HB 835

What the Bill Does

Senate Bill 1014/House Bill 835 contains numerous provisions that take away educators’ freedom including requiring:

  • The elimination of dues deductions for education unions ;
  • All education unions including higher education and education staff professional unions to have 50% membership density or risk decertification;
  • Unions include a specific disclaimer, in 14-point, bold font, basically saying Florida is right to work and you don’t have to join.
  • These provisions apply to all public sector unions except for those representing police, firefighters and corrections officers.

  • Educators currently have the right to have payments for many items such as health insurance, life insurance, gym membership, union dues and much more deducted directly from their paychecks. In some counties, there are more than 500 options educators have for payroll deductions and this bill attacks just one of them–the right to pay union dues in the manner of the educator’s choosing.
  • A non-partisan analysis of HB 835 shows the bill will cost taxpayers almost $400,000 because additional staff will need to be hired to deal with increased paperwork and workload at the Public Employees Relations Commission.

What’s Next

SB 1014

SB 1014 was once again temporarily postponed on April 20 in the Rules Committee. Currently, there are no more meetings scheduled of the Rules Committee scheduled, but they can be called with only four hours’ notice. It’s clear that our strategy is working, and we cannot let up now. No matter how many times you have emailed or called your senator, please continue reaching out until the last day of session, April 30.

HB 835

Was on the special order calendar and was scheduled to be taken up on the House floor Tuesday, April 20; however, the bill was temporarily postponed. It’s clear that our strategy is working, and we cannot let up now. No matter how many times you have emailed or called your representative, please continue reaching out until the last day of session, April 30.

Vote History

SB 1014

3/17/21 Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee: 3-2 party line vote

HB 835

3/8/2021- House Government Operations Committee: 12-6 party line vote

4/1/21- House State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee 9-5 vote (Rep. Sam Killebrew R-Winter Haven) broke with the Republicans and joined all the Democrats to vote no.

4/15/21-House State Affairs Committee 15-7 party-line vote.

Our Position

We oppose this bill.

  • Educators have gone above and beyond to ensure their students’ needs are met this year. It is shameful that in return for their dedication they are facing divisive attacks from lawmakers.
  • It’s time for legislators to listen to educators and give them the support they need instead of continuing to offer solutions to problems that simply don’t exist. 
  • SB 1014 limits your freedom to join with your fellow educators to advocate for your working conditions and for the needs of your students.
  • Educators currently have the right to have payments for many items such as health insurance, life insurance, gym membership, union dues and much more deducted directly from their paychecks. In some counties, there are more than 500 options educators have for payroll deductions and these bills attack just one of them–the right to pay union dues in the manner of the educator’s choosing.
  • A non-partisan analysis of HB 835 (which is identical to SB 1014) shows the bill will cost taxpayers almost $400,000 because additional staff will be need to be hired to deal with increased paperwork and workload at the Public Employee Relations Commission. An amendment to this bill which would include all public workers except for police, firefighters and corrections officers will likely make that cost significantly more.

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