In preparation for a widely expected move by the US Senate to make it easier for unions to organize, the Florida Senate is moving to limit their ability to do so in Florida.
Business and labor squared off Wednesday on a bill that would prohibit open or “card check” union-organizing drives in Florida. As expected, business groups prevailed, as the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved the bill on a 6-3 party-line vote.
The Republican-sponsored Florida bill is inspired by an effort by the Democratic-controlled Congress to force employers to recognize unions if a majority of workers organize through an open signup process. All future union elections in Florida would have to be by secret ballot only.
The supporters of the limitation hope to have it on the ballot in November 2010.