Florida State Council Fights Back Against Anti-Worker Legislation

Feb 29, 2024 | Politics & Legislative News

IAM International President Brian Bryant, Southern Territory General Vice President Craig Martin and Chief of Staff Vinny Addeo joined IAM Florida State Council President Mike Phillips and members from across Florida at the state’s council.

Other featured speakers included former Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki FriedFlorida AFL-CIO President Dan Renolds, Florida State Rep. Tom Keen (D-District 33) and Florida State Rep. Victor Torres (D-District 25).

The Council discussed pending anti-worker legislation moving through the Republican super majority in the state, including:

  • Funding the Florida’s Unemployment Insurance Program with internet sales tax funds instead of employer contributions

  • Modifying state child labor laws to allow 16 and 17 year olds to work until midnight on school nights

  • Require every voter in Florida to re-enroll to vote by mail each election cycle. 

A rally was held to support the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Florida Voters Right Act (S.B. 1522/ H.B. 1035). The bill aims to counter actions to restrict voting in the state, and improve upon the provisions of the 1965 Voters Rights Act that were recently gutted by the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court.

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