Senate Postpones Discussion of "Worker Gag Bill"

By: Assocaited Press
By: Assocaited Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A state Senate committee has postponed
discussion of a bill that its critics have dubbed the "Worker Gag Bill."

Senate Community Affairs chairman Mike Bennett said that the committee had run out of time at its Monday meeting, but the Bradenton Republican promised the measure would be first for discussion next week.

State Sen. John Thrasher is sponsoring the bill. It would prohibit union dues from being automatically deducted from public employees' paychecks, among other provisions.

Before the meeting, union members from across the state stood in
silent protest outside the committee room, their mouths covered by blue tape with the Senate bill's number -- "830" -- scrawled in black marker.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by 3rd world Location: tally on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    i'm sure that at any moment, americans will realize that big corporations have achieve what they set out to do many years ago...1st they sent all the blue collar jobs overseas...2nd increased the unemployment stats over a long period of time.... because they arent going to brings jobs back to america until we have no more unions, fighting for employee rights...americans will be so happy to have a job, it wont mattter what conditions exist....sounds like a third world country, RIGHT?!?!?!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Answer me this? what does this have to do with big business? The article said public employees i.e. city, county, and state workers. And granted its convenient to have it payroll deducted but how hard is it to write a check every month to an organizaton that i want to belong too.
  • by Moishe Location: Tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    Anonymous at 09:02 AM has the answer. The unions do not want members to send the dues in. Many would drop out. Want to be in the union? Write the check. They need it to contribute to political campaigns. By the way, Nazi Tea Baggers? Check your history, that would have been verboten. A tea bagger in Nazi Germany would have been eliminated.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    how is this bill going to stop the unions?? anyone that is a member can still mail their monthly union dues to the union. Why should the state take the time or trouble to do this for you?? Is it that the unions are afraid that the members will not pay their dues if not payroll deductedd?? When I was forced to belong to a union to work, i had to pay the monthly dues myself. My employer did not deduct them from my check. Dont see how this is union busting or not allowing you to be a member of the union.
  • by Anon on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    Of course unions are the scapegoat. Their big business overlords are chomping at the bit to get rid of all worker protection from the same mentality that brought you the oil platform blowout and spill.
  • by Dave Location: So.Ga on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    In answer to Bull. Unions comprise only 6% of the work force. The desire is for the other 94% to be heard. Unions are no longer for the worker and have outlived their usefulness. Currently union dues are collected and then used to fund campaigns for candidates that the union worker may not like, therefore their money is stolen from them. Af far as being payroll deducted, since when is an employer mandated to pay an employees bills?
  • by Libertarian on Mar 8, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    It is a little scary how the conservatives have picked Unions as the scapegoat for all our countries financial troubles. The unions are the only thing standing in the way of the wealthy company owners completely running over working men and women in the name of profit. Yes, they have gotten a little too big and wages are too high in some sectors. Unions do need to get back to what they are designed to do - look out for the interests of the workers and not be so involved in politics. They also need to be willing to compromise more and make concessions in order to protect jobs from being lost. However - they are not the evil entities that Republicans make them out to be. The politicians need to focus more on the real problem - wasteful and needless spending by governement and politicians and getting the tax revenues they are owed from large corporation instead of kissing their rear ends all the time.
  • by BULL Location: FLORIDA on Mar 8, 2011 at 03:15 AM
    THIS IS SURELY THE YEAR OF THE REPUBLICANS ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT FROM THEM IS CUT WAGES STOP UNIONS STOP COLLECTIVE BARGINING NOT JUST HERE BUT ALL OVER THE U.S.A. ARE THEY REALLY THAT SCARED OF THE PEOPLES VOICE.
  • by Dr. Han Location: Tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 01:03 AM
    Another move by the Tea Bagging Governer to bust our employees right to organize. This Governer has destroyed our job producing high speed rail, that would create jobs and save on soaring gas prices. Another indicator that he does not understand what is best for Florida or the nation. I wish that they would start a petition to have him ousted from office. His ideology is typical of these extremestist. Destroy Democracy, give tax breaks to the rich and make the poor even poorer. The rich can buy more planes and yachts, and the poor must look for more dumpsters for food. A great shame upon our state and nation.
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