Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Orange Shirts & Florida's Anti-Union Law

14 people were fired from a Florida law firm. Thanks to Florida being a right to work state this is perfectly legal. Remember that the next time Republicans claim that workers rights hurts job growth. Republicans hate regulations. Except when the right to work law regulates unions.

(1) Because of the activities of labor unions affecting the economic conditions of the country and the state, entering as they do into practically every business and industrial enterprise, it is the sense of the Legislature that such organizations affect the public interest and are charged with a public use. The working person, unionist or nonunionist, must be protected. The right to work is the right to live.

(2) It is here now declared to be the policy of the state, in the exercise of its sovereign constitutional police power, to regulate the activities and affairs of labor unions, their officers, agents, organizers and other representatives, in the manner, and to the extent hereafter set forth. (Enacted 1943, amended effective July 1, 1997.)

Funny how regulating unions didn't stop Florida from being one of the highest states with employment during the past few years. On the bright side, employers can fire employees wearing bright orange shirts without cause.

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