That Union Thing

Florida State Senator Alex Villalobos and State Representative Luis Garcia are proposing legislation that would mandate that school boards in Florida abide by collective bargaining agreements, cap administrative salaries, and prohibit them from offering raises to administrators that exceed raises given to teachers. Broward teachers used piglets to draw attention to its request that the Broward County School Board consider the $50 million in one-time cuts and $60 million in permanent cuts proposed by the teachers' union before eliminating teaching positions. The school district expects to receive $140 million in budget cuts from the state for the next school year.

The teachers' union has sued the Miami-Dade County School Board, charging that they violated state open-meeting laws when they met behind closed doors to discuss cutting $50 million from this year's budget. The school board recently considered a plan to withhold raises that were due last July until next school year and force school employees to take two days off without pay.

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