WUFT News

Florida teachers disappointed in Supreme Court decision

By on January 17th, 2013

The Florida Supreme Court upheld a law Thursday that requires public employees to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to the state pension system.

The 4-3 decision affirmed the law that went into effect July 1, 2011.

“They reached into the pockets of middle class workers around the state to balance the budget,” said Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the Florida Education Association, “at the same time giving tax breaks to investors and corporations.”

Republican leadership in the Legislature and the governor supported this decision, Pudlow said. There’s nothing more the Florida Education Association can do legally except, he said, to elect different lawmakers in 2014.

“The biggest problem with this is that it’s really not a shared responsibility among everybody in Florida,” said Karen McCann, president of Alachua County Education Association. “It’s not a shared sacrifice.”

McCann has worked as a state employee of Florida for 29 years and is disappointed to find the conditions under which she and others were hired have changed. The Florida Retirement System is “a big pot of money,” one of the most sound in the entire nation, she said.

“How are we going to retain teachers in Florida? And how are we going to recruit?” she said. “We already have some of the lowest salaries in the entire nation.”

The law affirms the University of Florida’s position, said UF spokeswoman Paula Fussell, so not much will change for faculty and staff on campus. President Bernie Machen raised their salaries by 3 percent to offset the 3 percent contribution to their pensions, she said.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Miami, Orlando Schools Ditch Styrofoam Trays

Miami and Orlando school districts will remove Styrofoam trays from school cafeterias and will replace them with compostable plates. The change within the districts is part of an effort to enact environmentally conscious changes in larger school districts.


adfasdf11

Marion County Board Member Removed After Facebook Post

Marcel “Butch” Verrando, an appointee to the Industrial Development Authority, has been removed from the board after a racially-charged Facebook post. Verrando was removed after a regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.


Breaking News: Feds Say Florida Could Get $1B For Low Income Pool

A key Florida health care program will likely receive an extra $1B from the federal government this budget year. The new amount offered for the Low Income Pool would enable Florida to retain Medicaid investment.


Florida Tourism Reaches A Peak

Tourism in Florida is at an all-time high. The amount of visitors in the first quarter of 2015 is up 6 percent from the previous year.


Police: Man Told Officers ‘Go Ahead And Kill Me’ In Shootout

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by St. Petersburg officers after he shot a man and then shot an officer in the leg. Austin Goodner had previously been arrested for aggravated battery.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments