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FL looking to end unions’ auto-deduction of dues from member paychecks

The left is squealing like a pig over this.  Excerpt:

In a blow to public employee unions, the Republican-controlled Florida House passed a bill Friday that would ban payroll deductions of dues and require labor organizations to get individual members’ OK before using their payments for political purposes.

What?!? You mean that unions won’t be able to use members’ money for political purposes without their consent anymore? Why, that’s outrageous! Surely the Constitution states somewhere that unions should be allowed to take a Christian member’s dues and fund pro-abortion candidates.


Republicans insisted in floor debate that the bill’s intent is not to harm unions but to empower public employees by giving them more control over how their dues are spent and to separate government from politics.

“We don’t need to be involved in the collections of union dues, which then can be used for partisan political activity,” said Rep. Chris Dorworth, a Lake Mary Republican who sponsored the bill. “It affords members of labor unions the right to determine whether or not they want to be part of the political agenda of the union.”

As of today, a union (such as the Florida Education Association, the state version of the NEA teachers union) can use the dues of a conservative member to bankroll the campaign of a leftwing nutjob, against the will of the conservative member. The proposed House bill will end that practice.

Apparently, the talking points memo has been circulated (note the phraseology of the statements):

“The lawmakers who voted for this bill have signaled their desire to use the power of government to single out and attack the hard-working men and women who serve Florida in public employment,” said Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union. “It’s simply un-American.”

“This isn’t just about elections,” Templin added. “This is about keeping working people out of the (legislative) process because if there’s not a strong organization with the resources necessary, the Chamber of Commerce and the other special-interest groups are the only ones here.”

“Please don’t put lipstick on this elephant,” said Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa. “This bill is about one thing. It’s about silencing the voices of working men and women.”

How quaint: “working”.  Because apparently, the only “workers” in the state are union members, right?  No one else “works” in the state of FL, do they?


March 29, 2011 - Posted by | Florida, unions

1 Comment »

  1. Seems like the union leaders don’t have faith in their members to pay their dues if not collected by the state on the union’s behalf. Thus, they would be out of the representation business of the “hard working” men and women in state jobs. That is their true objection to this piece of common sense legislation. The union leaders would lose their sweet deal on the backs of the union members. The leaders might have to get real jobs to pay their bills. How many union members would continue to voluntarily pay their extortion money if they state did not take it out of their paychecks. Very few, I think.
    Good for Florida, not so good for the union thugs.

    Comment by J.Guidry | March 29, 2011

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