Haridopolos: Florida is No Wisconsin

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Though Florida unions are unhappy with several pieces of legislation moving through his chamber, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Wednesday that the coming Florida legislative session would contain no attack on the rights of union members to organize and collectively bargain like the controversial debate going on in Wisconsin. The state’s leading teachers union, the Florida Education Association, is opposed to an effort to revive last year’s controversial merit pay bill for educators, the Police Benevolent Association opposes proposed prison privatization, and unions for state workers are against an effort to increase the amount state workers contribute to their pensions. But Haridopolos said the Legislature would not go further and try to bar the unions from collectively bargaining at all, like Wisconsin has. “State workers have collecting bargaining rights now. I’ve not seen anybody going after that at this point,” Haridopolos said. “What they’re doing in Wisconsin is what they are doing in Wisconsin. What we’re focused on are immediate issues. We’ve got enough stuff to worry about tomorrow.” Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott similarly said he does not have a problem with collective bargaining.

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  • by Dr-Zaius Location: Fort Luderdale on Feb 24, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    I had no idea we had unions. I say, break them, just for good measure. Tie the teachers to merit based performance.
  • by Legislature Out of Touch Location: Tally on Feb 24, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    Mr. Harrydoofus: Never undermine a state's right to protest, demonstate like Wisconsin is doing now, (Florida's People is so proud, democracy rules) and what the taxpayer of Florida will do when we camp out on OUR Capitol's lawn if we have to in handling our crowds. If we let you fat cats chip away our pensions, health, death benefits, that was negoiated at lower wage for, that we have worked so hard for. No, our pensions are not entitlement program the way you have spinned it. It's just plain wrong and imoral for Gov. workers to be at fault for big and small business refusal Not to offer benefit pensions to their employees. Many greedy business Owners/CEO line their pockets with profit, employees never see that money with profit sharing and benefits. That happened to me in the private sector big business; that's why I left, and went to work for the State. Now, you make us subjects of greedy CEO Scott & FL Legislature. Uncover gov. corruption, with firings, you will find enough doe.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    Compared to Wisconsin and any of the great northern states, there are no unions to make mention of in Florida. Puh-leeze. Up North it's "Join the union and wait for a job." Down here it's, "Here's the job, now join the union."
  • by alice Location: crawfordville on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    what union? not cost of living going on 6 yrs. what union?
  • by So ? on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Florida Unions have no power so what's the point ?
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