DeSantis To Deliver Blow To Teachers Unions As Bill Removing Automatic Union Deductions Heads To His Desk
Teachers will need to opt-in to a union and be informed that their job is not dependent on union membership
Florida governor Ron DeSantis is not playing around when it comes to making and keeping Florida free. His latest effort is geared toward empowering teachers in the state who do not wish to be in a union.
In support of the Sunshine State’s right to work status, the Florida legislature has passed a bill removing the automatic deductions of union dues/fees from paychecks. Those teachers who wish to be in a union and continue to pay their union fees/dues will be able to do so, of course.
DeSantis outlined his vision for the bill back in January.
JUST IN: Gov. Ron DeSantis announces proposal to prevent automatic deductions from teacher paychecks to teachers' unions
"You should not have the school be a focus of school union politics, and politicking and handing out literature […] Not on the public's time." pic.twitter.com/covXx3lrGa
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) January 23, 2023
Today's proposal from @GovRonDeSantis takes a huge swing at wayward school unions:
-no more deducting dues from paychecks
-no union business or fliers at work
-school union execs can't be paid more than highest paid member
-and a requirement to have 60% representation to exist
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) January 23, 2023
The bill is now reportedly on its way to DeSantis’ desk for his signature.
The Florida Legislature passed a bill to prohibit some unions from directly withdrawing funds from public employee paychecks.
It is on the way to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature.
Instead, a public employee, such as a teacher, would need to opt into a union and send payments. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement officers, correctional officers and firefighters.
The House gave final approval to the bill 72-44 Wednesday after the Senate approved it 23-17 March 29. Some Republicans from both chambers voted against the DeSantis-backed proposal.
Under this bill, beginning July 1, a public employee who desires to join a union must sign a membership authorization form that contains an acknowledgement that Florida is a “right to work” state.
The form would outline that union membership and payment of union dues is not required as a condition of employment.
Unions would be required to notify members every year of their membership costs and union members would not be allowed to distribute union literature at work. Additionally, union officials would be prohibited from performing union business during their working hours at their taxpayer-funded jobs.
The bill would also require unions to represent at least 60 percent of the employees eligible for representation. Unions that fail to meet the threshold would be decertified and would have to petition the Public Employees Relation Commission (PERC) for recertification.
Unions would also be required to submit audited financial reports to the state yearly and to include an annual audited financial statement in its registration renewal application. The bill would also lay out salary restrictions that would ensure that no union leader could be paid more than the union’s highest-paid member.
Needless to say, people have thoughts.
Another conservative win in Florida against public sector unions.
I think the FL legislature has passed more more conservative bills in the past few months than what most states have done in a decade. That's what happens when you shift a state by 20 points in 4 years. https://t.co/wQ46JRUxi0
— AG (@AGHamilton29) April 30, 2023
Seems like a reasonable bill. If the union is effective, teachers can continue to support them.
If not, they get to keep their OWN money💵 💵
What’s the appeal for the union to do good work if they get the dues no matter what?
While we are at it, let’s see more #SchoolChoice
— Anne (@WiserAsIWrite) April 30, 2023
I actually had no idea that the government forced its workers to pay money to an organization that funnels money directly to government officials. This should have needed in a successful lawsuit but glad legislators stepped up. Guessing every D voted against it since they were…
— Paul Phillips (@PMPTPA) April 30, 2023
Nobody should be required to pay into a union just to have a job. If they want to, great, if not, that should be their personal decision. Everyone saying this will “devastate the teachers unions” is assuming the teachers will stop paying in. So what good are the unions then?
— G💰 (@Gman1776NC) April 30, 2023
Why do we need unions in the first place? Can't the government pass laws that are in affect same as what unions do for the employees. Or is the money from unions to politicians too tempting ?
— Brentcoreddeer (@brentcoreddeer) April 30, 2023
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PASSES IN FLORIDA!
The union reform bill to ensure public sector unions are more transparent & accountable, and taxpayers no longer subsidize them through automatic paycheck deductions, has passed both chambers and is headed to @GovRonDeSantis! Huge win!
— Erika Donalds (@ErikaDonalds) April 27, 2023
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