Statement by Joanne McCall, Florida Education Association President on HB 25 House vote:
“Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed HB 25, a bill with the sole purpose of damaging certain public sector unions in our state.
As evidenced by the ever-changing, unprincipled reasons given by the supporters, the intent of HB 25 is very clear. This legislation is nothing more than a political strategy to silence the voice of teachers, nurses and other public-sector workers.
We greatly appreciate the united Democratic caucus and Republican Representative Goodson in their efforts to stop this politically motivated attack against our unions. Our fight now moves to the Florida Senate.
We will not be deterred from our mission by this single bad bill. We will continue our fight to ensure that every child has a high quality public education with a well-trained teacher in a welcoming and safe environment.”
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The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational staff professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.