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Union-Busting Bill Draws Lawsuit from Florida Education Association and Teachers

| July 3, 2018

Florida teachers and unions filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires local unions to represent 50 percent or more of instructional personnel.

A Dagger in the Heart of Unions, Workers and Democracy: Behind the Janus Ruling

| June 28, 2018

Their end game is to overturn a fundamental premise of majority rule, and lock in place permanent Constitutional changes to bar any limits on oligarchical rule.

For Working Poor’s Sake, Bring Back May Day

| April 30, 2018

Nearly one in five families have zero or negative net worth. That number rises to over a quarter of Latin American households and 30 percent of black households.

Teacher Unions Protected But Public Funding of Private School Students Advances

| February 20, 2018

The Florida Senate rejected a House proposal to dissolve teacher unions if membership falls below a certain point, but also approved a version of a school voucher program funding private school students.

In Blow to Collective Bargaining, Court Upholds Scott Veto of Firefighters’ Pay Raises

| June 6, 2017

Scott’s decision to veto the $1.57 million for state firefighters, including employees who fight forest fires, had drawn criticism even from Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam.

In a Telling Surprise, Cops and 5 Public-Sector Unions Endorse Staly for Sheriff Over Jones

| September 23, 2016

It is actually an endorsement from all six county public sector unions, so Staly is now backed by cops, teachers, school service employees, county and Palm Coast firefighters, and Palm Coast’s blue-collar workers, representing in all a block of 2,000 employees and many more family members, friends and neighbors.

Palm Coast Government’s Blue-Collar Workers Barely Retain Union But Reject Contract

| May 13, 2016

Palm Coast’s street, public works and utility workers voted 73-72 to retain the union they voted for in 2014, and on the same day voted unanimously to reject a proposed contract with the city.

Nurse Assistants at Grand Oaks Rehab Strike for $15/hr Wage in Echo of National Movement

| April 14, 2016

Workers at Grand Oaks Rehab Center in Palm Coast, most on poverty wages, walked out for 24 hours, though they’d given the facility almost two weeks’ notice and replacements ensured no residents lacked care.

Flagler’s 6 Public-Sector Unions Launch Unified Political Arm as Palm Coast Workers Bargain

| March 31, 2016

The new organization, joining teachers, cops, firefighters, school employees and municipal workers, aims to rival Realtors, home builders and the chamber in political influence and regain some power in collective bargaining.

News-Journal Employees File Charges of Unfair Labor Practices Against New Owner GateHouse Media

| June 9, 2015

The press room union filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board on June 3, charging that GateHouse Media illegally abrogated their collective bargaining agreement and is trying to bust the union.

Flagler Firefighters Have Current Contract For 1st Time in 4 Years, With Some Pay Hikes

| June 2, 2015

The firefighters’ union’s first contract since 2011 gives firefighters with more experience more money. For nine years, firefighters were hired at the same rate of pay as existing firefighters with many more years of service.

Even As Lawsuit Gets in the Way, Sheriff and Union Agree that “Substantial” Raises Are Due

| November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies and other employees have been without a serious raise in five years and the sheriff and union are at a negotiating impasse, but both sides are attempting to reach agreement on a small prize: a 1 percent raise the county commission pledged employees this year.

Palm Coast Council, in 4-0 Vote, Sides With Its Manager Against Firefighters Union in Contract Dispute

| August 29, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council sided with its Manager Jim Landon’s recommendation to reject union positions on a collective bargaining agreement in contention for three years.

The Palm Coast City Council as Labor Tribunal: Firefighters Union and Administration Face Off

| August 28, 2014

Palm Coast firefighters and the city administration reached an impasse in December after more than three years of negotiations over a contract, leaving it to the city council on Friday to settle the dispute in an unusual hearing.

61% of Palm Coast’s Blue-Collar Workers Unionize, Citing City’s Inattention to Grievances

| July 28, 2014

A decisive majority of the 140 blue-collar workers in Palm Coast’s utilities department—the city’s largest—voted last week to unionize, making them the second city department to do so. The city’s 50-some firefighters unionized in 2010 but are currently at an impasse over contract negotiations.

When a Senator Turns Anti-Union Goon: A Labor Defeat Reverberates Across the South

| February 22, 2014

In light of the failed vote to unionize a VW plant in Tennessee, why should we care about the travails of labor unions in our country? Because, with no one in Washington able to effectively represent workers nationwide, unions are the only ones left to fight for a living wage.

State Employees Would Be Shifted to 401(k)-Like Plans, Ending Florida Retirement System for Almost All

| February 12, 2014

The Senate proposal dramatically overhauling the pension plans for many future public employees sets off a highly anticipated election-year fight between unions and Republican legislative leaders. Only firefighters and cops would be allowed to stay in FRS.

Police and Firefighters’ Unions Troubled by Plan to Give Local Governments Freer Hand in Pensions

| December 12, 2013

A Senate committee pushed forward Wednesday with a bill that would overhaul how local governments fund pensions for police officers and firefighters, hoping that a different political climate in 2014 will allow the legislation to succeed after it died in the House during the spring legislative session.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Scott’s Drug-Testing of State Workers as Too Broad

| May 29, 2013

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declared an executive order by Riock Scott to drug-test 85,000 state employees and all job applicants as mostly unconstitutional, but left room for a lower court decision to be rewritten to allow for certain employees in certain categories to be drug tested–essentially restoring Florida’s drug-testing standard to what it was before the governor’s executive order.

Union-Busting’s Tasteless Florida Flavors

| January 27, 2013

Labor union membership has been in precipitous decline since 1980, along with with a decline in job security, workers’ wages and benefits, and Americans’ standard of living. It’s not a coincidence, though the vilification of labor unions continues.

Union Membership in 2012: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

| January 27, 2013

Union membership in 2012 data by state, gender and other characteristics, including median salary earnings and other historical data, as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Florida Now Has a $437 Million Budget Surplus, But 3% Pension Decision Looms

| December 6, 2012

A decision in the case challenging a 2011 law that required employees to contribute 3 percent of their income to their retirement funds could cost the state around $2 billion if the Supreme Court strikes down the law.

Legality of State Workers’ 3% Retirement Tax Now Before Florida Supreme Court

| September 9, 2012

With hundreds of millions of dollars a year hinging on their decision, Florida Supreme Court justices Friday began deliberating about whether to uphold a 2011 law that requires government workers to chip in 3 percent of their pay to the state retirement system.

Stop Paying Paper-Pushing Administrators And Union Bosses Better Than Teachers

| July 16, 2012

Can anyone imagine the owner of the Miami Heat announcing that LeBron James has done such an outstanding job leading his team to the NBA championship that he is being “promoted” to a front-office job?

Gov. Scott Walker and the Pyrrhic Victories of Union-Bashing

| June 10, 2012

Inspired by Ronald Reagan’s union-busting, the latest round in the war on labor is a self-inflicted wound on the American economy, where workers-union and non-union alike–have been losing ground for 30 years.

Judge Casts Serious Doubt on 3% Pension Contribution by Public Employees

| October 27, 2011

The 3 percent contribution and the end of cost of living adjustments to public employees’ pensions may not be legal; if reversed, the state would see an almost $1 billion hole open up. Local governments would also be affected.

Public Employees Retire in Droves as Florida Pension System Narrows Incentives to Work

| July 31, 2011

About 10,100 people chose to enter retirement or exited the state’s deferred retirement plan ahead of new laws kicking in on July 1, an increase of more than 900 people from the same time last year.

Firefighter Hero-Worship and Floridians’ Hypocrisy: When Public Employees Save Lives

| June 10, 2011

Flagler County and Florida residents are falling in heaps with praise for the same public and union employees they and the lawmakers they elected just finished bashing, insulting, demeaning and robbing. The disconnect is sickening.

Union-Busting Bill Narrowly Clears Hurdle and GOP Dissents Before Full Vote at Florida Legislature

| April 13, 2011

The proposed law forbids union deductions from public employees’ paychecks, essentially gutting unions. It passed a committee, 11-9, with three Republicans breaking rank to oppose it.

In a Victory for Palm Coast Firefighters’ Union, City’s Attempt to Split Bargaining Units Fails

| December 3, 2010

The Palm Coast city administration objected to lieutenants’ inclusion with rank-and-file firefighters in the collective bargaining unit. The state dismissed that objection, clearing the way for the unit’s formation.

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