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Bills We're Watching This Session

SB 1854 – Employee Pay Raise Initiative

Updated Information 

SB 1854, sponsored by Jose Javier Rodriguez, would ensure a decade of wage growth for both instructional personnel and education staff professionals by providing school districts with the necessary funds to provide “at least 4.5% annual salary increase, plus a cost of living adjustment” each year starting in 2020-2021 continuing through 2028-29.

What’s Next

SB 1854 has been referred to the Senate Education, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and Appropriations Committees. 

Companion Bill

There is no companion bill in the House.

Vote History

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Our Position

We support this bill.

Talking Points

  • Unlike some of the other pay proposals under consideration in both chambers, SB 1854 both recognizes the need to provide a salary increase to instructional personnel (not just classroom teachers) as well as education staff professionals.
  • SB 1854 respects collective bargaining – which means it supports local control. Rather than mandating a certain amount statewide as some other proposals do, this bill both provides the significant funding increase needed and respects the need for final salary decisions to be locally negotiated between school boards and local bargaining units.

Video Updates

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Q&As for Florida Educators

Common questions about school closures, testing, students with IEPs, evaluations, certifications and more. Updated 3/31.

Digital Learning Resources for Educators and Parents

Resources for engaging students during the school closure

FEA Statewide Town Hall on COVID-19 

Video and transcript of March 25 town hall on the impact of coronavirus on Florida’s public education system.

Q&As and Resources for Parents

Common questions and resources for parents — including links for meals for students in need.

Advocacy Updates for
COVID-19

Ways for members to take action to protect students, educators, healthcare professionals and working people.

Member Benefit Resources and Links

Overview of the additional resources our benefit partners are providing to help members deal with the COVID pandemic. Updated 4/20 with Student Loan Forgiveness information.

AFL-CIO Survival Guide for Unemployment

A PDF guide for working people facing unemployment.

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