Critics accuse lawmakers of hiding behind bad economy to bust up unionsby Dara Kam | March 26th, 2010
Hundreds of thousands of Florida workers – including teachers and cops – say they are under assault by lawmakers using the state’s flopping finances as a way to bust up the unions.
Measures that would cut salaries, do away with teacher tenure and impose pension reductions are speeding through the legislature this session.
“The legislature’s taking advantage of the bad economy to force their opinions of anti-unionism down the throats of the rest of the people. If they had their way, we’d be working weekends, and there would be 13-year-olds on the production lines,” said Paul Brewer, a Department of Transportation printer who is head of his local union comprised mainly of blue-collar workers in Tallahassee.
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