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Critics accuse lawmakers of hiding behind bad economy to bust up unions

by 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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3 Responses to “Critics accuse lawmakers of hiding behind bad economy to bust up unions”

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  2. whasup Says:

    As for unions . . .

    Smash ‘em, bust ‘em, that’s our custom.

  3. Right To Work Says:

    In case a lot of you yankee’s don’t know Florida is a right to work state with only two exception to that rule. A lawyer must belong to the Florida Bar “union” and pass their test in order to practice law in Florida. And, a real estate office who belongs to the local board of “Realtor’s” “union.” If the office is a board member all employee’s must join the Realtor union or immediate sanctions are place on the employer. Now having said that SEIU and all the other corrupt unions are fair game and should be constantly watched by state officials for their ongoing culture of corruption. Not that a little scruitney wouldn’t be good for the other two.

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