The latest attack on teachers is on their representatives, their unions and it’s about as bad as they come.
From the FEA website,
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.
For a right to work state, where nobody has to be in the union, they sure come after unions a lot.
From Florida Politics:
The Hillsborough County Classroom Teacher’s Association is speaking out against a measure in the Florida House its believes is meant to cripple public labor unions.
Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins is the executive director for the Hillsborough teacher’s union. She described the latest “union busting” legislation as a clear indication certain lawmakers are targeting teacher’s unions.
“This state has shown very clearly over time that it is very intent on privatizing the public school system,” Baxter-Jenkins said. “One of the few voices that fights against it is the [Florida Education Association,] which I believe is the largest union in the state of Florida. If you cripple the FEA it allows us to have less voice and less power in other means and I think it’s very clear that they would like to see that happen.”
At issue is a bill (HB 1) sponsored by Rep. Jamie Grant that would require public unions including teacher, police and fire unions, to collect signed authorization forms from employees indicating their desire to join the union and pay the required dues.
The bill would also require unions to cancel membership and stop collecting dues from employees who turn in written requests to sever their membership.
One of the biggest points of contention among union leaders and supporters is a third provision that would require unions to collect reauthorization forms from members every year.
Even more insidious is they are moving to exempt fire and police unions, which should eave no doubts in people’s minds who this attack is for.
This from the FEA Twitter page:
speaks in favor, “I don’t agree with every single word in the bill. I want to work with you around issues with our public safety employees (he specifically mentions police and fire)
Let’s remember educators are public safety employees as well. #HB1
Furthermore this is far from their first attacks on teacher unions’ as well.
Friends, I don’t know what the FEA and Florida’s other teacher union’s one of which I am proud member of aren’t getting. DeSantis and the GOP want to destroy them but they aren’t alone on the list.
Superintendents, school boards, public schools, the teaching profession and unions are all on the GOP’s list to get rid of. They want to break the God Damn wheel and instead of fighting, we’re calling for honest conversations and going on bus rides, and the rally which I went to didn’t move the needle one bit, if anything it has motivated Tallahassee to work harder and faster to push their drown public ed in the bath tub agenda. Our prospects are fight or die and for evidence all you have to do is look towards Tallahassee where it is overwhelming.
The FEA should call a strike conference and invite all the parties, supers and boards too so we can discuss our options, which are two as far as I see it, fight or die.