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This week I attended my local Democratic Party meeting. We discussed several bills pending in the Florida Legislature, including an immigration bill much like that in Arizona, a move to repeal the “pill mill” database that helps prevent the street resale of prescription drugs (Gov. Rick Scott owns a chain of walk-in clinics), and education and budget bills that rival Wisconsin’s. While the Florida education and budget bills would not directly strip collective bargaining rights for public employee unions, the bills clearly aim to nullify those unions. For example, one provision decertifies unions unless at least 50% of eligible employees are members, and another stops payroll deductions for union dues. The education bill creates statewide rules for teacher hiring, retention, pay and benefits that leave teachers’ unions nothing to collectively bargain. Some of our members are organizing and most are participating in Awake the State rallies to push back against these bills.