Our efforts to combat fees through the Florida Legislature have seen enormous support this year. We have one more chance to make real progress on this issue. Senator Maria Sachs has introduced an amendment to SB 984 that adopts some of the language from HB 1311. It seeks to waive certain fees for GAs in Florida; these fees are directly related to our employment and supporting it should be a no-brainer!
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Senator Maria Sachs, a strong ally of GAU, reported on our efforts to support SB 1230 in her recent newsletter (click to open larger version in a new window):
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Another bill, SB 1230, sponsored by Senator Maria Sachs, is set to be heard before the Higher Education Committee on Monday, February 8, at 4pm. This bill would waive all fees for GAs in Florida. We fully support this bill and hope that, should it succeed in the Senate, its stronger provisions will be adopted by the House.
Our presence and testimony were instrumental in educating the members of House of the need to support HB 1311 and we know we can do it again with SB 1230. We need your support! For more details and to RSVP, please see our Facebook event here. If you don’t have Facebook and would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee voted unanimously to pass HB 1311, introduced by Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda, which would waive certain fees for GAs on at least a 0.25 FTE. The bill must now pass the Education Appropriations Subcomittee and the full Education Committee.
Read more about it, including some of the testimony provided by our members, here.
You can also watch video coverage of the meeting here. Our bill begins at ca. 12:22, Chris Segal is ca.14:40; Kerr Ballenger-Fazzone is ca.18:40, and Rachel McCleery is ca. 21:15.
From the Miami Herald, By Kathleen Haughney February 8, 2011
TALLAHASSEE — – A leading Senate Republican has filed a bill that could strip unions of some of their political strength, barring payroll deduction for union dues and prohibiting dues from being used for political activity without written consent.
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