SB 1276 Hits the Senate

This is it! The chance we’ve been waiting for is finally here. The Senate Education Committee will consider the bill containing the partial fee waiver for which we’ve been fighting for years. It is essential that we make a strong show of support for this important piece of legislation.

At a minimum, we urge you to call the Senators listed in this post and tell them of your STRONG support for SB 1276. What will make an even bigger difference, though, is if we can PACK the room with supporters. Last year, we brought over 100 GAs to a single meeting. We can beat that number!

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GAU Fights HB 11

On Wednesday, March 8, a subcommittee of the Florida House heard Rep. Plakon’s HB 11, a bill that threatens the ability of most public unions across the state to function. The bill requires that public unions maintain at least 50% membership from their potential bargaining units or else face automatic decertification.

Despite impressive gains each and every year, GAU’s dues-paying members are just over 15% of our potential membership. Rep. Plakon insists his bill is about democracy, ensuring that the fate of workers isn’t controlled by a small minority.
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Amendment to SB 984 Best Chance for Fees Legislation

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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Fee Waiver Legislation Progress

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.