Florida Bill Would Put State Public Unions On Notice

A bill that would require public sector unions to disclosemembership counts on an annual basis passed through committee inthe Florida legislature Wednesday, and is now awaiting a floorvote.

Republican Florida state legislator Scott Plakon introducedHouse Bill 11, which would compel public sectorunions to report its membership count and how many members arepaying dues.

If less than 50 percent of eligible members are paying dues, theorganization representing those workers would need to seekre-certification every year they fail the test.

Only about 10 percent of state workers belong to a union, and sothe Florida American Federation of State, County and MunicipalEmployees and teachers unions would have to re-certify every year,according to publication the Tallahassee Democrat. Florida is aright-to-work state, which allows employees to seek employmentwithout joining a union.

Opponents of the bill consider the measure an effort to breakapart unions, asserting that the bill is all politics.

“Since we know this is about politics we know what the voteoutcome is going to be in this committee. This bill is aboutunion-busting, plain and simple,” Democratic State representativeCarlos Guillermo Smith told the Orlando Politics.

Proponents of the bill argued transparency and accountabilitywere the reasons behind the legislation.

Plakon’s office and the Florida speaker of the house’s officedid not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request forcomment.

The bill exempts police officers, prison guards andfirefighters, in order to maintain labor peace in criticalemergency services industries.

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