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Does SB 6 make you sick? Florida Education Association urges teachers to go to school

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April

No question that Senate Bill 6 has got Florida school teachers feeling ill. 

That doesn't mean they should all call in sick today, as has been rumored might happen in Miami-Dade, a lawyer for the state's teacher union advises.

"We continue to hear comments and reports of possible sick-outs in various locations," FEA general counsel Pam Cooper writes in an alert to members. "Even if these reports are deemed to be rumors, the potential negative impact if such actions were taken would undermine our  ongoing political efforts to address this flawed legislation. Moreover, such actions are counterproductive and might very well erode public support."

Instead, the union urges teachers to keep contacting Gov. Charlie Crist, who's been making noises that he will veto the bill.

"It is important to report to work tomorrow on time and maintain normal behavior," the FEA says in the alert. "Any other action would only make matter worse for everyone."

What's happening in your schools? Are teachers showing up? Let us know (the more details, the better).

Read the full FEA alert below.

Text of FEA Alert: 

"Dear Members,

FEA Legal Advice Against Work Action in Response to SB6

Go to Work. Contact Governor to Veto SB6

There have been rumors of a possible sick-out tomorrow (Monday) in response to the passage of SB-6. Please do not get involved in any such action. It could be deemed an illegal action! Please see the statement below from FEA General Counsel/Director of Legal Services.

It is important to report to work tomorrow on time and maintain normal behavior. Any other action would only make matter worse for everyone. Instead, please work to encourage the Governor to veto SB-6. His contact information is below Pam's statement:

FEA Legal Advice Against Work Action in Response to SB6:

Earlier this week, FEA issued an email advising locals and members to not participate in any work action in the fallout of SB6/HB7189. We  continue to hear comments and reports of possible sick-outs in various  locations.  Even if these reports are deemed to be rumors, the potential negative impact if such actions were taken would undermine our  ongoing political efforts to address this flawed legislation. Moreover, such actions are counterproductive and might very well erode  public support.

Let me be clear. FEA and its locals in no way support, endorse, or  condone any such activity.  We understand the frustrations but any  concerted work action will not serve FEA and its members.  Instead of  focusing on the failure of the Legislature, public attention will be  directed toward those that have taken this action.

FEA urges all of its locals and members to continue to express your  views on this bad legislation and use your political voices to  encourage a veto of the bill.

Any concerted work action will not help our cause. Please share this message with our members and encourage them to stand strong.

Pam Cooper, FEA General Counsel/Director of Legal Services

Contact him now! Governor Crist has publically indicated that he has concerns about this bill (see below). He can veto this bill anytime up until close of business next Friday, April 16th. 

Governor Charlie Crist,The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Plaza Level 05, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001. Governor's e-mail: charlie.crist@myflorida.com Gov. office Ph#: 850-488-7146 If the voice mail is full try: Crist Campaign office: 850-907-1218 or fax a message: 850-487-0801"

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:57am]

    

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