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Union dues battle continues in Florida Senate



Sensing defeat of his union dues bill at the hands of moderate Republicans and Democrats, former Florida GOP chief Sen. John Thrasher amended it today so that school districts and other employers could collect union dues -- so long as the money is not used for political purposes.

The changes did little to placate union leaders. From the Florida Education Association:

"While the amendment permits limited payroll deduction of union dues to continue, it creates governmental intrusion into a union’s business and prevents unions from “directly or indirectly” engaging in political activities, even if dues are collected without using payroll deduction.  While Senator John Thrasher states that he only wants the state to stop collecting political dues for unions, in fact, his amendment seeks to stop political action by unions.

Proponents of this legislation stated their amendment was a way to bolster limited government; nothing could be further from the truth. This, in essence is an increase to the government’s role in policing and enforcing laws targeting the working families of the state. This is a big government take over on the policies and practices of private organization; this is overreach pure and simple!"

[Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 4:16pm]


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