February 7, 2011
Contact: Mark Pudlow, 850.201.3223 or 850.508.9756
TALLAHASSEE – The president of the Florida Education Association (FEA) said Monday (2/7/11) that Senate Bill 830, filed by state Sen. John Thrasher, is clearly aimed at silencing FEA and other labor organizations who have voiced their opposition to proposals coming from the Florida Legislature, like last year’s Senate Bill 6, which was an assault on teachers in this state.
SB 830 would prohibit payroll deduction for any union dues. In addition, it prohibits dues money, however it’s collected, from being used for political activity unless there’s written authorization from a member each year.
“These actions are nothing more than retribution directed at FEA and other labor organizations for using our democratic right to support or oppose legislation in Florida, particularly last year’s SB 6,” said FEA President Andy Ford. “Of course, we will oppose this measure, which is aimed at silencing our members and punishing them for opposing proposals supported by legislative leaders.”
The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.