Worker Gag Bill Squeaks Out of Senate Committee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A Senate bill that prohibits union dues from being automatically deducted from public employees' paychecks has barely survived a vote out of the Community Affairs Committee.

The committee on Monday voted 5-4 for the bill despite opposition from Republicans on the panel that the bill was unnecessary. Sen. Jim Norman is the vice-chairman of the committee.He said the measure would have allowed the government to meddle in people's private matters.

A group of Florida union representatives spoke against the bill,
including some who said they also were Republicans. Union foes have
dubbed the measure the Worker Gag Bill.

Committee chairman Mike Bennett said the bill (SB 830) next goes
to the Senate Governmental Oversight committee for consideration. A
companion bill is in the House.

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


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  • by Lin Location: TLH on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Everyone is a part of an organization, some are called associations, but they are all the same as unions. They represent their members and support political campaigns. Even elected officials are a part of a group that use tax payer’s money to pay for fees/dues for governors, legislators, commissioners, states, counties, cities, lawyers, doctors, etc. Surely, the local chamber of commerce is a member of a state/national group (union) who support political campaigns. Working people need a PAC to represent their interest.
  • by jm on Mar 15, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    Keep it moving along. The union thugs need to lose all their power.
  • by AWWWWWW Location: woe is the union worker on Mar 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Do you have a checkbook? If not, you can GIVE THE UNION your bank account number and I imagine they'll be happy to pay a part time person low wages with no benefits to automatically withdraw your dues each month.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    bunch of crybaby union members. no one is stopping you from sending your union dues in yourself. When I was forced to belong to a union, i had to mail my dues or drop them by the union hall each month. No one done it for me. Grow up and stop crying. IT's like a bunch of kids, I want my candy, he has candy, I want candy to. cry, cry, cry. Unions are just a bunch of whiners anymore.
  • by anonomous Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Another piece of Democracy drops to the ground from the Florida Republican Governor and Legislature. Another sad day for America...
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    How is this considered a GAG Bill? I thought it was about Whistle Blowers.
  • by Petie Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    How is this a "gag" bill? Workers are free to set up an autodraft from their own personal checking accounts! It just means the employer (that would be us, the taxpayer) is not forced to participate in jacking up his own expenses!
  • by Rattlesnake Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    But its entirely legal to have FSU, UF, or other colleges' season tickets automatically deducted from public employee's paychecks... Good to see the legislature is actively pursuing the increase of public wastes~
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