Florida’s state legislature has advanced a significant piece of Governor DeSantis’s Teacher’s Bill of Rights during the current legislative session.
AFFT covered this proposal last month, but this week, the bill protecting public-sector employees was passed out of committee by a 5-3 vote.
The protections were introduced by Florida State Sen. Blaise Ingoglia within Senate Bill 256 (SB 256), known as “Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees.” The bill would:
- Require that unions use membership authorization form when recruiting public employees,
- Mandate that unions immediately terminate public employees’ membership upon the request of the employee,
- Prevent unions from automatically deducting membership dues from public employees’ paychecks,
- Make unions more accountable to public-sector employees, and
- Bar unions from giving gifts to certain public officials.
According to ‘Where Do Your Dues Go,’ the Florida Education Association (FEA) spent $5.3 million on politics and lobbying in 2021. This bill could affect the FEA’s political spending by potentially limiting the number of dues money used for politics and lobbying.
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