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SB 78/HB 947

What the Bill Does

Senate Bill 78/House Bill 947 places an undue burden on the employer as well as the employee. Once the employer receives a signed dues authorization, the employer must “confirm with the employee, electronically or by other means, that he or she authorized the deduction of dues and uniform assessments.” This puts the employer in charge of the dues authorization process for the first time in history. 

This bill places a burden on workers who want to remain a member of their union. By forcing workers to reauthorize every time a new contract is signed, a member would have to submit a re-authorization form to remain a member when they have no intention of leaving the union.

What’s Next

SB 78

The senate version is in its third and final committee, Senate Rules. Twice it has been on the agenda and not heard, but it could be heard any time the Rules Committee meets. Their next scheduled meeting. is Wed. April 14 at 9am.

HB 947

Its final committee stop is in the State Affairs Committee. We’ll let you know when it is on the agenda.

Vote History

SB78

  • 1/27/2021-Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 4-2 party line vote.
  • 2/10/2021- Senate Judiciary Committee 6-4 party line vote

HB 947

Our Position

We oppose the bill in the current form.

Talking Points

  • Our frontline workers, including teachers and support staff, have been keeping Florida running during the pandemic. It is never appropriate to make life harder for these workers.
  • This bill is a big government bill which limits the individual freedoms of many frontline workers, including educators. Why should workers be required to jump through more hoops?  Joining an employee organization is a personal decision. Our frontline workers do not need more regulations and big government overseeing their personal decisions.
  • No one has asked for this bill – and it is not needed. Current law protects employees’ rights and allows them to join or terminate their membership at any time.  All this bill will do is make it harder for individuals to exercise their constitutional right to join their union/employee (professional) organization.
  • This bill is unnecessary. Florida is a right to work state. Workers NEVER have to join their union.  It is their choice whether and when to join, and they can cancel their membership at any time for any reason.

Video Updates:

  • 1/27/21-Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 
    • The bill is introduced at 29:30 in the meeting.
    • Public testimony from several FEA members begins at 32:15.
  • 2/01/21-Judiciary Committee
    • The bill is introduced at 2:06:30.
    • Public testimony begins at 2:12:21.
    • At 2:28:01 Sen. Polsky comments that she has received “over 1,000 emails,” shortly thereafter the committee’s time expires and the bill is temporarily postponed without a vote.
  • 2/10/21 Judiciary Committee
    • The bill is introduced at the start of the meeting and discussion and debate continues until the vote 46:20 into the meeting.

Vote History

SB 78

  • 1/27/2021-Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 4-2 party line vote.
  • 2/10/2021- Senate Judiciary Committee 6-4 party line vote

HB 947

  • 1/27/2021-Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee 4-2 party line vote.
  • 2/10/2021- Senate Judiciary Committee 6-4 party line vote

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