Bills We're Watching This Session

HB 1 – Union Busting Bill

Talking Points 

  • 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.
  • HB 1 is unnecessary. Florida’s workers NEVER have to join their union. It is their choice and they can cancel their membership at any time.
  • HB 1 places a burden on workers who want to be a member in their union. It forces them to reauthorize every year, even though they can already quit at any time.
  • 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.
  • HB 1 will create chaos. There are no time limits or other requirements for the employer to confirm the membership authorizations. They can simply ignore the requests for long periods of time.
  • 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?

Updated Information

HB 1, sponsored by James Grant, 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.

The bill would further require each local membership form be updated to include information to “inform” members of their rights not to join the union in 14-point bold font.

What’s Next

HB1 only had two committee stops and passed them both, so it’s next step is on the House floor. We’ll keep you updated when it’s placed on the agenda.

The Senate version of the bill still has not been heard in any committee.

Companion Bill

SB 804 is the companion bill.

Vote History

  • 1/22/2020 House Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee: The bill was reported favorably in a 9-5 vote.
  • 2/13/2020 State Affairs Committee. The bill was reported favorably in a 12-7 vote.

Our Position

We oppose this bill.

Video Updates

  • 2/13/2020 House State Affairs Committee discussion of HB 1 starts at 1:31:40 in the video.
  • 1/22/2020 House Oversight, Transparency, and Public Management Subcommittee 
    • James Grant introduces the bill at 6:40
    • Rep. Andrade comments on the “several hundred emails” he received at 42:30
    • UFF President Karen Morian speaks at 52:05
    • Richard Jones speaks about the dangers HB1 poses to union members at 1:02:45
    • Ron Meyer points out James Grant’s misinformation at 1:04:35
    • AFL-CIO representative Rich Templin speaks at 1:08:18
    • Rep. Fischer signals he wants to address the concerns of “cops” and “firefighters” as they are public safety workers while ignoring that educators are public safety workers as well at 1:31:25
    • Rep. DeBose points out his concern that the bill only has two stops and that might not allow for enough time for consideration 1:35:54
    • James Grant compares union membership to domestic violence at 1:42:10

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