Vote NO on SB 7030

TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 20th, SB 7030 will be up for its next vote in the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee. Instead of properly addressing the needs facing Florida’s teachers, staff and students, this bill is a quick and inexpensive fix that ignores the systemic failure facing our state’s education system.

If your Senator is listed below call them NOW and urge them to stand up for school safety by voting NO on SB 7030.

🚨Tom Lee📞 (850) 487-5020  
🚨Keith Perry📞 (850) 487-5008  
🚨Aaron Bean📞 (850) 487-5004  
🚨Janet Cruz📞 (850) 487-5018  
🚨Ed Hooper📞 (850) 487-5016  
🚨Travis Hutson📞 (850) 487-5007  
🚨Linda Stewart📞 (850) 487-5013
🚨Annette Taddeo📞 (850) 487-5040

If school safety was truly a concern for the Legislature, they would choose to support funding for critical services such as resource officers for every school and a sufficient number of trained mental health professionals. This bill ignores the important role guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers have in the education system.

Professional educators know, and the voting public agrees, that teachers should not be armed with guns; instead they should be armed with better salaries and working conditions.

Tell the members of the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security NOT to arm teachers and to vote NO on SB 7030.

  • Student and staff safety is an issue of the utmost importance; we must address the underlying causes of bullying and violence on school campuses including mental health issues.
  • Florida’s schools are woefully understaffed with average student to staff ratios of 458:1, 1,951:1 and 2,003:1 respectively for school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
  • The National Association of School Resource Officers says,
    “If a school determines the need for armed security, properly trained school resource officers (SROs) are the only school personnel of any type who should be armed. Our organizations believe that arming educators would cause more harm than good.”
  • Each of Florida’s 67 counties has unique needs, and each county knows best how to invest in ensuring student safety. The legislature must support local control and allow for flexibility in how school safety money is spent.
  • Please oppose any legislation that would allow more guns carried on campus by anyone other than trained law enforcement.
  • The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission presented dozens and dozens of recommendations towards school safety. Arming teachers should be the last recommendation considered by the legislature – not the first.
  • Teachers have a paramount duty to educate our students. They already take on more responsibilities than just teaching – they shouldn’t be asked to handle a firearm to protect their students as well.

Call the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security and tell them NOT to arm teachers and to vote NO on SB 7030


🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 2

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The Legislature continued their attack on Florida’s future in week two of the 2019 Legislative Session. Thankfully for future generations intrepid activists have been sent back in time to stop the impending apocalypse threatening the state.

🎥 2019 Legislative Update Week 1

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The 2019 Legislative Session started with attacks on the environment, rights at work and public education. Our only hope for the future lies with the brave Working Families Lobby Corps activists who have been sent to Tallahassee to fight back against certain apocalypse.

Vote NO on HB 13

TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 6th, an attack on the ability of public employees to fight for better wages, benefits and conditions of employment will be up for a vote.

Call your State Representatives NOW and urge them to stand up for Florida’s workers by voting NO on HB 13. Click here to find your local Florida House member.

If your State Rep is one of the following members of the House Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee they need to hear from you TODAY!

🚨Scott Plakon 📞 (850) 717-5029 
🚨Clay Yarborough 📞 (850) 717-5012 
🚨Kimberly Daniels 📞 (850) 717-5014 
🚨Vance Arthur Aloupis 📞 (850) 717-5115 
🚨Alex Andrade 📞 (850) 717-5002 
🚨Bobby DuBose 📞 (850) 717-5094 
🚨Anna V.Eskamani 📞 (850) 717-5047 
🚨Javier E. Fernández 📞 (850) 717-5114 
🚨Jason Fischer 📞 (850) 717-5016 
🚨Margaret Good 📞 (850) 717-5072 
🚨Erin Grall 📞 (850) 717-5054 
🚨James ”J.W.” Grant 📞 (850) 717-5064 
🚨Chip LaMarca 📞 (850) 717-5093 
🚨Cary Pigman 📞 (850) 717-5055 
🚨Rene Plasencia 📞 (850) 717-5050 

This bill is devastating to negotiating rights that have been defined by existing collective bargaining agreements. Public employees would now be burdened by using personal leave to sit at the table with management, or have to forego fighting for better terms of employment altogether. 

HB 13 will require all future collective bargaining agreements to omit compensation for union activities, and under no circumstances will these provisions be allowed for public employees in future contracts.

Call your State Representative and tell them to vote NO on HB 13.

We need the Florida House of Representatives to say NO to this attempt to limit our voice in the workplace.

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