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DeSantis Takes Aim At Teacher Unions


Governor Ron DeSantis is voicing support for a measure that could potentially impact the massive influence that the teacher unions pose.

The Governor of Florida wants to end automated deductions of union dues from the paychecks of all public educators—a move that would disrupt their revenue stream.

Those critical of the unions cheered the move, as less automated funding equates to less power in the long run.

Supporters of the measure also argue that this is giving teachers a choice of how and where to spend their money and greater leeway for monthly expenses.

Teachers in general are constantly said to be underpaid and often take secondary jobs to make ends meet—ending automated garnishment of their wages could go a long way toward remedying that issue.

DeSantis recently told an audience in Orlando:

According to Miami Herald:

“It’s more of a guarantee that that money is going to actually go to those teachers,” DeSantis said in the speech, posted online by the NTD television network. “

It’s not going to be frittered away by interest groups who get involved in the school system.

And so I think those will be really, really positive reforms, and we’re looking forward to doing that. And I think we’re going to get big, big support in the Legislature.”

Under such a proposal, teachers would have to pay union dues separately, making it less convenient.

DeSantis said the proposal “maximizes freedom to choose, and I think it will be a more accurate reflection of who actually wants to be part of this or not.”



Conservative Brief adds:

The governor also said he supports putting a threshold on teacher unions as well of at least 50 percent.

“If they don’t have a majority of the teachers who are actually signing up to pay dues, it should be decertified,” DeSantis said.

“You shouldn’t be able to continue as a zombie organization that doesn’t have the support of the people you are negotiating for.”


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