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Teachers "professional associations" are not unions, Florida House bill states



A bill on the Florida Education Association's hit list has advanced out of the Florida House on partisan lines.

Teacher union leaders suggested that the purpose of the proposal, nicknamed the Teacher Protection Act by lawmakers, is to allow professional associations onto school campuses without having to follow the state's rules for unions. Democrats took up that call during debate.

But the Florida Times-Union reports that the Republicans saw it otherwise.

“This bill is really the anti-union arm twisting bill,” said state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar. “There is fear inside this chamber and outside this chamber that if this bill passes, that won’t be effective anymore.”

It passed the House 78-38. Its future is unclear, though, as the Senate version has not advanced to all its assigned committees.


[Last modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 3:40pm]


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