🎥 2018 Legislative Update: Week 6

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Heroes! Fly into action with our union update for week six of Florida’s Legislative Session. In this episode we cover yet another attempt to dismantle public education in the Florida House, the Senate bill that would ban fracking, and union members from across the state storming the halls of the Capitol.

After the update, pick up the phone and call 855-235-2469 to tell your Florida Senator to vote NO on HB 7055. This bill is a disaster for our states students, teachers and public schools, and this our chance to stop it.

“If you cage the beast, the beast will get angry.” – Wolverine

🚨LEG ALERT: Tell the Senate to Protect Our Schools

Tomorrow, February 20th, the massive attack on our states students, teachers, and public schools is up for a vote in its first Florida Senate committee stop.

After being rushed through the process with little to no public input in the Florida House, now is our chance to stop this poorly vetted bill aimed at defunding public education in our state and silencing our teachers’ voice on the job.

Call (855) 235-2469 and enter your zip code NOW to be connected with your state Senator. Leave them with the message that they need to stand up for our public schools, our students, and our teachers by voting NO on HB 7055.

Hidden in this legislation is the same public union-busting language that House leadership rammed through the process. HB 7055 specifically strips our state’s educators and staff from having a voice on the job.

The bill also creates a process that deceptively claims to help victims of bullying in our schools. Rather than focusing on programs that directly combat the problem of bullying in Florida schools, HB 7055 uses this issue as another means to please their donors and expand the unaccountable for-profit private school industry in our state.

At nearly 200 pages, this massive bill makes almost 60 changes to Florida’s education laws. Many of these changes will divert hundreds of millions of tax dollars to private, for-profit schools, reduces accountability for student performance, and hurts programs for struggling students.

Call (855) 235-2469 NOW and leave your state Senator with a message to vote NO on HB 7055. This bill would spell disaster for the future of public education in our state. We need the Florida Senate to say NO to this massive scheme to bully our students, our schools, and our teachers.

🎥 2018 Legislative Update: Week 5

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Heroes! Special interest villains abound in our update for week five of Florida’s Legislative Session.

Watch as we cover working families taking to the halls of the capitol in opposition to the massive education “train” bill HB 7055, the Constitution Revision Commissions “Terrible 10” anti-worker proposals, and legislation that would ban fracking in Florida.

“I hope justice is found here today… before justice finds you.” – Daredevil

🎥 2018 Legislative Update: Week 4

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Heroes! Union-busting villains are back in our week four legislative update.

In this update we, cover legislators restricting revenue for public programs, the HB 1 “Bully Bill,” anti-immigrant legislation, and HB 7055 the massive new attack to defund public education and bust up teachers’ unions.

Call 855.235.2469 and enter your zip code NOW to be connected with your local Florida Representative. Leave them with the message that they need to stand up for our public schools, our students, and our teachers by voting NO on HB 7055.

“This isn’t freedom. We’re holding a gun to every citizen’s head and calling it security.” – Captain America

🚨LEG ALERT: FL House Attacks Public Education…Again

Florida House Leadership is at it again, and this time they’re directly attacking our state’s teachers, students, and public schools.

As soon as next week, the Florida House will vote on HB 7055, a massive last minute education bill full of poorly vetted policies aimed at defunding public education in our state and busting up teachers unions.

Call 855.235.2469 and enter your zip code NOW to be connected with your local Florida Representative. Leave them with the message that they need to stand up for our public schools, our students, and our teachers by voting NO on HB 7055.

Hidden in this legislation is the same public union-busting language that House leadership rammed through the process last week. HB 7055 specifically strips our state’s educators and staff from having a voice on the job.

HB 7055 also sets up a system that tells children who have been bullied to simply leave their public school and go somewhere else. Rather than focusing on programs that directly combat the problem of bullying in Florida schools, House leaders are using this issue as another means to please their donors and expand the unaccountable for-profit charter school industry in our state.

At over 200 pages, this bill is so big that it also includes provisions to divert hundreds of millions of tax dollars to private, for-profit schools, reduces accountability for student performance, and hurts programs for struggling students.

Call 855.235.2469 NOW and leave your local representative with a message to vote NO on HB 7055. This bill would spell disaster for the future of public education in our state. We need the Florida House to say NO to this massive scheme to bully our students, our schools, and our teachers.

Working People’s Day of Action: Miami and Orlando

On February 24, in cities across the country, thousands will unite to demand an end to an economy that’s rigged in favor of the wealthy and most powerful for a Working People’s Day of Action.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee as they fought for the freedom to join together in a strong union and be treated with dignity and respect at work. Now, fifty years later, as a handful of corporate elites, divisive extremists and corrupt politicians continue to rig the economy against us, working people and allies nationwide are rising up.

In Florida there are two Working People’s Day of Action events planned in Miami and Orlando. Join us in Miami for a mass mobilization at Bayfront Park. Working people from across Florida will be standing up for the freedom to join together in strong unions and fight for decent and equitable pay for our work, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities, and a secure future for all of us.

Click Here to RSVP for the Miami rally at Bayfront Park on February 24th.

For our sisters and brothers in Central Florida, union members and allies will be holding a special screening of “At the River I Stand,” the powerful documentary chronicling the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, followed by a workshop and panel on the impacts this pivotal moment in labor and civil rights history still holds to this day. Space is limited for this event, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible.

Click here to RSVP for the Orlando movie screening on February 24th.

Two days after our day of action, the Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case that is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people. The forces behind this case are the same forces that have pushed for limiting voting rights, attacked immigrants, and undermined civil rights protections.

We want to encourage working families from across the state to take part in this powerful day of action. For more information on the day of action visit www.itsaboutfreedom.org.

🎥 2018 Legislative Update: Week 3

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Heroes! Check out our action-packed session update for week 3.

In this week’s video update, we cover Equal Pay Day, heated Florida House debate on the passing of union-busting HB 25, corporate tax loophole legislation, and union heroes storming the halls of the capitol.

“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.” – Batman

 

Florida House Passes Union-Busting HB 25

In response to the Florida House voting in favor of union-busting HB 25, President of the Florida AFL-CIO, Mike Williams, issued the following statement:

“No worker in Florida asked for this terrible bill, but House leadership still decided it was good public policy to fast-track stripping our teachers, transit workers, nurses, and other public servants from having a voice on the job.

Working people who voiced their bipartisan disgust to union-busting in our state can no longer trust the Florida House to protect their rights in the workplace.

If the thousands of phone calls, packed committee meetings, and face to face office visits from outraged constituents didn’t send a strong enough message to the special interest lawmakers who supported this bill, the response from workers at the ballot box this November certainly will.”

🚨LEG ALERT: FL House to Vote on Union Busting HB 25

The Florida House has put HB 25 on their agenda for this Wednesday, January 24th.

This means the union busting bill that threatens to wipe out Florida public unions and silence the voices of our states teachers, nurses, bus drivers, and many other public servants from negotiating for fair wages and working conditions, will be voted on by this Thursday, January 25th!

The time to let our state representatives know that workers stand strongly opposed to this toxic anti-union bill is NOW. Call (855) 235-2469 and enter your zip code NOW to be connected with your local state representative.

Too many families across Florida are already living paycheck to paycheck, yet Tallahassee politicians want to try and dismantle their union and make things worse for all of us.

HB 25, would silence our neighbors by taking away their voice through collective bargaining and strip them of their right to choose if they want to be in a union or not.

This bill is unnecessary because in Florida it’s already unlawful to force anyone to join a union. Anyone who uses that excuse is misleading our communities.

Make no mistake, this bill is just an attempt by billionaire CEO backed politicians to make it harder for our public servants to come together to advocate for their on the job needs and negotiate to protect their paychecks.

Call (855) 235-2469 to be connected with your state representative NOW. Leave them with the message that you reject this clear assault on workers’ rights and urge them to vote NO onHB 25.

🎥 2018 Legislative Update: Week 2

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Heroes! Check out our legislative update for week 2 of session.

In this week’s video, we cover the Constitution Revision Commission’s attempt to take away fair pay from our local school boards, activists taking action against fracking in Florida, Apprenticeship Week at the capitol, and an important call to action to stop union busting HB 25 that will be voted on this week!

Call 855-235-2469 to be connected with your local representative and tell them to stand with our state’s public workers and vote NO on HB 25.

“There is a right and wrong in the universe. And the distinction is not hard to make.” – Superman