Earlier this year, extremists in Tallahassee passed, and Governor DeSantis signed, Senate Bill 256, the Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees Act. SB 256 is a direct attack on your rights to come together as a union to collectively bargain for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions.
● Currently, you and your coworkers have the right to collective bargaining; but SB 256 could change that. Because of our successful contracts in recent years, extremists in Tallahassee passed SB 256 to limit your voice on the job. They are doing that by requiring that every workplace have at least 60% membership.
● If your unit falls below the 60% mark, it can lead to “decertification” - meaning your contract and right to collective bargaining go away. If that happens, we will have to wait a year before trying to regain the right to bargain and your guaranteed wages, hours, and working conditions will start from a blank page, not from our last contract.
● SB 256 is designed to weaken the ability of public employee unions to fight for fair wages, safety on the job, and to protect workers facing discrimination, harassment or unfair treatment. Our union plays a crucial role in narrowing the wage gap between us and upper management, ensuring workplace safety, and in providing a clear voice for us to stand up to management when we face harassment or discrimination. If you and your coworkers don’t band together to keep your collective bargaining rights, all of these things will become harder or disappear over time.