Florida House votes automatic decertification of public worker unions in shops with too many free riders

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Florida state House has gone one step beyond so-called “right to work” laws. Right wing lawmakers there pushed through a measure saying that if more than half of a public worker union’s bargaining unit in a particular agency or shop are so-called “free riders,” the union automatically gets decertified.

The 75-41 vote led the legislature’s minority Democrats to call the bill, HB11, outright  union-busting, Western New York Labor Today, quoting a Florida publication, reported,

Right to work laws, which labor and its supporters call “right to work for less,” let workers in a company or agency with a union contract pay nothing for its services. But it still must provide them. The Florida law says that if more than half the workers aren’t paying dues, the union automatically gets dumped.

Said Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee: “This bill targets teachers, state and local government employees, nurses, bus drivers and many others who serve us and care for us every day.” She said the GOP majority is “targeting them (unions) because these organizations make political decisions that some people don’t like.”

Source: PAI