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Fla. Governor Catches Anti-Union Fever

Posted on Feb 26, 2011
AP / Cliff Owen

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington on Saturday.

The Wisconsin syndrome? Just days after declaring that he favored collective bargaining for public employees, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, changed his tune and said he now wishes it were not allowed in the Sunshine State.

Meantime, in solidarity with the protests in Madison, demonstrations in all 50 state capitals were planned for Saturday. —JCL

St. Petersburg Times:

Scott’s original remarks came in a half-hour interview on WFLA-FM 100.7 in which he referred to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“Walker is trying to eliminate collective bargaining,” Scott said. “My belief is, as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine.” He added, however, “As long as people know what they’re voting for.”

On Friday, Scott gave an interview with Bloomberg TV in Washington, D.C., and changed his tune. While Florida’s Constitution protects workers from being compelled to join a union, it also protects union workers by guaranteeing their right to collective bargaining. Scott acknowledged the constitutional protections but announced he’d now like to see that changed.

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By edward, July 14, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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unions the parasite that killed the host

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By, February 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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Until the people of the USA finally get off their lazy asses and actually figure out where all the money went, and why we are now facing nation wide austerity measures, who the culprits really are, and who’s truly behind it, we are just going to continue to be economic slaves and willing victims of this societal hijacking! It has nothing to do with right vs. left…that’s what these people want you to keep thinking…it’s about WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO? Wake up America! Stop blaming each other, and the “other” party! That’s all just childish rhetoric! Figure out where all the money went and you’ll then know who to blame!

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By Peter Knopfler, February 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

IDIOT: THINK AGAIN, Florida could blow up in his face
too. Now every state gov. will try their luck at
abusing the public, round them all up head them out!!
Like cattle these gov. in sheep clothing the Trojan
horse, fool t5he public get in the POLICE, all over
the world people are in the street against these Dick
heads, tar and feather throw them out. If this goes
to 15 other states and people protest in the street,
Military will be used Canadian military, Don´t want
usa kids shooting their parents, so Canadians can
shoot them, a RIGHT! World battle against corporate
dictatorship. Watch the oil companies take over
middle east, never let a disaster go to waste,
profits before people, population control by the KING
KOCH Bros.

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By zonth_zonth, February 27, 2011 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

Refuses money for high speed rail system and also anti- collective bargaining. Probably thinks these things are ‘too European’

Wow this blockhead is taking some interesting stances!

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By diamond, February 27, 2011 at 4:15 am Link to this comment

What a coward.

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By Queenie, February 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment


Don’t feel bad, our governor in Maine, LePage (Rethug, supported by the teabaggers) won in a 3-way race (38%) and is following the same tactics.

To his detractors he says, “Kiss my butt!”

These fellas are really nasty pieces of sh*t.

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By independent, February 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, Scott is a disaster and embarassment for my
state.  This guy made a mint by ripping off the
government & taxpayers, so I wasn’t surprised when
one of his first proposals was to sell off our
remaining state parks.  Sell when prices are low,
right!?  Only if you’re selling someone else’s
property (collective property) to your buddies…

Of course, he’s already started targeting the
teachers too.  Our schools are awful to start with,
but Scott seems to think they’re a perfect place to
cut fat.  Don’t think there’s any fat left, even
muscle really, just the bare bones of crowded
classrooms, outdated books, and rickety desks.

Yeah, they need to organize, not just for their own
benefit but for the benefit of the students as well! 
I almost hope he pushes hard enough to spark & bring
out the massive protests…

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By berniem, February 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Where does this 2-bit crook who should be in jail for medicare fraud get off opining about anyone’s right to bargain for equitable labor standards? Like someone said, the only reason that Madoff’s in jail is that he screwed rich people whereas scum bags like this clown can get away with anything so long as they do it to the powerless masses. This also holds true for Bush/Cheney for whom we were forced to look forward, not back! This country is in real trouble and an unfortunat number of it’s citizens are too stupid, greedy, and bigoted to do anything about it.

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