The state’s largest teachers’ union, which has already sued Gov. Rick Scott over the new law requiring payroll contributions to the Florida Retirement System, went a little more public Tuesday with its criticism of the Republican governor.
About 250 Florida Education Association members wore ‘Pink Slip Rick’ t-shirts on the convention floor at the National Education Association’s annual meeting in Chicago.
“Rick Scott wants to protect Wall Street over Main Street with his plan to dole out tax breaks to CEOs while handing pink slips to middle class Floridians,” said FEA President Andy Ford.
The FEA last week absorbed a setback in the lawsuit it is leading on behalf of public employee unions, when a Leon County circuit judge refused to order the state to set aside potentially millions of dollars pending the outcome of the legal challenge. FEA had sought the temporary injunction while the lawsuit over the constitutionality of the pension law proceeds.