Florida is a right-to-work state, valuing voluntary association for employees. Quite simply, employees deserve the right to end association with groups who they feel no longer represent their best interests.
But unfortunately, there exists the possibility of a union bargaining on behalf of or garnishing the wages of employees who do not wish to be a part of the union without their explicit knowledge or consent.
Recently introduced legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 1014, resolves the problem. This bill would help enforce that by requiring unions to end membership through a signed request without the need to explain why.
This bill would also require a public employee wanting to join a union to submit a signed membership authorization form that includes a specific statutory notice furthering accountability and providing additional documentation of voluntary participation.
The union must also revoke the membership if the employee submits a signed request. The union may not require a reason for the employee’s decision to revoke membership in the union. The bill additionally requires a public employee to submit a signed dues deduction form before an employer may deduct union dues from an employee’s pay.
Encourage your lawmakers to support SB 1014 and protect Florida’s K-12 personnel!