Firefighters, Teachers, Police Speak Out Against FL Chamber

The Fraternal Order of Police, Florida Education Association, and Florida Professional Firefighters spoke out against the chamber at the Capitol Tuesday morning.

The groups say the Florida Chamber of Commerce is releasing a misleading TV ad that says workers are struggling because of union dues being deducted.

The workers say the truth is the low pay by the state and no raises.

Rep. Wayne Taylor, (D) Daytona Beach said, "Our police officers, we trust them to protect us. Our teachers, we trust them to teach our children. Our firefighters, we trust them to take care of us when we're sick or injured. it pains me so that we can give them what they actually deserve."

The groups oppose Senate Bill 830 and the recently passed House Bill 1021 because they say the legislation would radically change how workers are represented on the job.

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  • by ThisDayinAge Location: TLH on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    What will they all do now? The Great Oppressors (state of fl and local municipalities) will surely abuse and exploit workers now. what a joke!
  • by Another Cop Hater Location: Tallahahahasee on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    Stop the whining McGruff. Take your permanent layoff like the rest of the common citizens and use the time to find yourself an honest stupid cowards! I haven't met a cop that could spell or tell the truth.
  • by John Location: St. Petersburg on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    Mary, unions and union members aren't afraid of this law being rolled out because "...the unions don't really care about them." it's because Human nature being what it is, when a person gets extra money in their paycheck that they never had to manage before - they tend to spend it! They'll be sloppy about paying their dues. Bottom line, The Republicans are getting away with what they can and I'm representative of one of the many union member Republican households that's getting caught in the crossfire.
  • by Cop Hater Location: I-10 on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    You already get half price donuts, now pipe down!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Curious, since the BP spill was in April of 2010. That accounts for part of your time. It's good to have more than one skill.
  • by joe on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    First off if you could spell"sinse" maybe you would have a job. The nest time you need help at 3:00a.m. for a fire,heart attach, or your being robbed call Trump. Oh yeah you worked for the oil co. that is charging us 3.60/gal for gas, go cry to them for laying you off, you could have made the choice of being a public servant but instead you chose the BIG GAS Co.
  • by Mary Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    The unions are very afraid of this deduction clause being removed. It appears that in states where it has been taken away the unions don't get their dues. Hopefully, union members will realize soon that the unions don't really care about them. They care about their power and the money they get.
  • by steve h Location: RI on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    SO should ALL deductions be stopped? if you don't see this as businesses using politicians and vise versa for the sole purpose of union busting than you're you want to go to .40 an hour for your job? 80 hr work weeks with NO ot? thats what they want.what concessions are the politicians giving?/
  • by jane Location: tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    well, if they can't deduct union dues, then they shouldn't be allowed to deduct any type of payment, such as the mandatory, er...charitable donation to fsecc...
  • by remember the past on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    Business would like nothing better than to dismantle unions. Then they can start paying as low wages as they can get away with with no benefits and no job security and then more profits go into their pockets. Pretty soon American workers would be in the same place they were in the late 1900's. Yes - Unions are too big, they demand too much and some are corrupt but they do serve an important purpose as a check on the greed of businessmen. Clean up the unions but don't try to get rid of them!
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