BY MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD, GRADUATE TUITION WAIVERS REMAIN UNTAXED! BUT MANY MORE EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT ARE STILL UNDERWAY...
UPDATES FROM THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
Past bills introduced in Florida have pushed for guns on campus and union decertification, but have been fought back by lobbying efforts from GAU members and our faculty union allies. Additionally, bills to reduce fees for graduate students have gained traction in recent years. We need YOU, our members, to help make institutional changes that benefit higher education in Florida,
Anti-education bills for the 2018 session:
HB 25 (SB 1036) decertifies public sector unions based on arbitrary membership rather than employee choice
PASSED COMMITTEE VOTE 14-9
INTRODUCED TO FLOOR ON JAN. 9th, 2018
SECOND FLOOR READING ON JAN. 24th, 2018
HB 25 IS NOT NEEDED!
We have seen efforts like this before in Florida – and numerous nationwide attempts -- to take away workers’ rights. This politically motivated legislation is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist in Florida.
We are a union of members who choose to participate – no one can be forced to join our union. Florida is a right-to-work state where union membership or payment of union dues cannot be compelled.
The Florida Constitution gives employees the right to join a union to give them a strong voice regarding wages and working conditions. This measure would take away that right!
The bill is also potentially unconstitutional as it exempts first responder unions and is a direct attack on educational unions and displays strong gender bias.
Our union is the voice of our members and their students – every student, every school, every college, every university, and every day. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions!
Call your legislator at the Florida AFL-CIO's hotline (855)235-2469 and enter your ZIP code to be connected with your state representative. Tell them to vote NO on HB 25. You can also e-mail your state representative at the FEA Action center.