From: Paul Ortiz <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: May 16, 2023 at 03:16:03 EDT To: “Ortiz,Paul” <email@example.com> Subject:Labor Update from Florida, Announcement of Union Lawsuit Against Governor DeSantis
Many of you have contacted me in recent days about the tyrannical,anti-union legislation being passed by the DeSantis regime in Florida. I am providing a brief response to assure you that the United Faculty of Florida (FEA/AFL-CIO) is engaged in a massive struggle against the governor and his ruling class supporters. Unfortunately, this struggle is not generally well covered in the corporate media, reason being, the Wall Street Journal, and conservative voices across the nation hold out the hope that DeSantis might serve as a “reasonable alternative” to Donald Trump.
Ron DeSantis has learned that he cannot fully control the thoughts and actions of Floridians as long as our public sector unions are standing. Each of our university and college union chapters have strong academic freedom articles in our collective bargaining agreements. At the University of Florida, our chapter's Article Ten: Academic Freedom and Responsibility is the gem of our collective bargaining contract and a model for higher education union agreements.
This is why the Republican super-majority in Florida last passed the anti-union SB 256 requiring 60% union membership in our K-12 education locals as well as higher ed chapters