Public Employees Up in Arms

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

Tallahassee, FL - Governor Rick Scott wants state employees to pay 5% of their salaries toward pensions, and he wants them to get only limited payments for health insurance. “If you are taxpayers in this state, you know, you likely don’t have a pension plan. If you even have a 401k your employer may not contribute”, says Scott.

30 Palm Beach County firemen, including Fred Angelo, were in Tallahassee getting the lay of the land “Every every worker should be concerned about their pensions”, say Angelo.

Others have been giving the governor an earful. Doug Martin is the negotiator for AFSCME, which represents state employees and others. He says “some of the proposals that are out there could get people pretty riled up, particularly on retirement and health benefits.”

But Florida is not likely to be Wisconsin. Just before the turn of the 20th century, a group of Florida lawmakers, like those in Wisconsin, went across the state line to keep the Senate from having a quorum, but that couldn’t happen today.

The reason: Republicans are in such total control, they don’t need a single Democrat vote to do anything they want..as long as they all stick together.

Senator John Thrasher has upped the anger level by introducing legislation to keep the state from payroll deducting union dues.“Government should not be using their resources to collect union dues. Simple as that,” says the Jacksonville Senator.

Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says Thrashers bill is nothing more than payback. The union beat back attempts at Merit Pay sponsored by Thrasher in 2010. “In our mind once the election is over, it’s over and you need to work together and try to bring everybody back together”, says Ford.

While other states are at the boiling point, Florida’s public employees are just starting to plan demonstrations.

State lawmakers worked on reforming local pension plans today. The state pension plan is on the agenda Thursday afternoon.


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  • by Jim on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    RE: Anonymous Your lecture to someone included references to us having a "representative democracy" - WRONG! We have a Republic. That Obamacare was passed by shady dealings, arm twisting, and special deals to coerce senators to vote against the will of the people. It is an unconstitutional law, which mandates purchase of a product (health insurance). Fortunately, Ms. Nancy's big hammer and her private jet have been removed.
  • by Jim on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Re: Anonymous You are wrong on all accounts. Of course, you Barry supporters cannot see how your community organizer in chief and his union goons, greenie global warming hoax supporters, and others are doing all they can to destroy this once great republic from within. BHO did destroy the domestic oil drilling industry by his ban on off shore drilling. Obamacare has sbeen declared unconstitutional and, thankfully Governor Scott and some other sensible Governors are not wasting resources on implementing an unconstitutional law. Also, by openly flaunting the DOMA, BHO and Holder are unilaterally saying they are above the law.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    gary, ??? what are you trying to say, it doesn't make sense, and certainly doesn't add anything to this story, or comments.
  • by forwentez Location: texas on Feb 23, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    hey-i mean if the lazy greedy americans dont want the job we will have to replace them withus field workers at $5000 A YEAR. PROBLY BE BETTER OFF.
  • by gary Location: gary indiana on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    quit wasteing your time and move on. you think you got it hard think about all the children you are bring into this world. nothing last forever america will fall oneday.
  • by UNEPLOYED Location: usa on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    what makes me mad as a nobody in this world is that they raised my retirement with social security from 65 to 67 and probly 70 before i retire. BUT I MAY BE DEAD BEFORE THEN. WITH ALL THE STRESS THAT IS IMPOSED ON ME BY THIS IGNORT COUNTRY.
  • by hey Location: tally on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    forwentez-Hey, I'm Mexican! What are you implying?
  • by Econfina Location: Taylor County on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    33 year state worker, worked hard and in DROP I'm all smiles, love the DROP program. How else could a small time country girl make $150,000 in 5 years? Rick Scott--can't touch this!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Jim, someone needs to set you straight. Obama did not "shut down the oil industry". He just isn't allowing new drilling off our coast. Those wells would take years to produce, so the decision has made ZERO difference in gas prices. Wasn't the federal judges opinion an appeal? Doesn't that mean the repubs ignored a previous federal judges opinion saying that the healthcare bill was legal? Pot meet kettle on that one. The Defense of Marriage act is strictly personal opinion so I won't touch that one.
  • by forwentez Location: texas on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    keep whinning bib babys. you will all be uneployed and replaced by mexicans.
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