Free-Market Thought Leaders Urge DeSantis to Take Up Worker Freedom Reforms in Special Session 

TALLAHASSEE, FL— Free-market thought leaders want Governor Ron DeSantis to take up worker freedom issues in a special session of the Florida Legislature, according to an open letter sent to the governor today. The legislation would ensure public employees are made aware of their rights when deciding whether to join a union and are given the opportunity to vote on union representation. 

“We encourage your continued leadership – as Florida’s foremost champion and defender of these values – to consider a policy of protecting employee freedom from government union coercion during the upcoming special legislative session,” the letter reads. “We believe these protections are so fundamental to our constitutional free-market values that we implore you to leverage your powers as the state executive to ensure these protections are passed before another election cycle ensues.”

Signers thus far include: 

  • ALEC Action
  • Americans for Fair Treatment  
  • Americans for Prosperity – Florida 
  • Americans for Prosperity – National
  • Associated Industries of Florida
  • Center for Union Facts
  • The Center for Independent Employees 
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce 
  • Freedom Foundation
  • The James Madison Institute 
  • Independent Women’s Forum 
  • Independent Women’s Voice 
  • Institute for the American Worker  
  • The Libre Initiative 
  • Mackinac Center for Public Policy 
  • Mark Janus
  • Workers for Opportunity  

Similar reforms have passed through the state House of Representatives in two previous legislative sessions but have failed to pass the Senate.

Governor DeSantis announced in a press conference that he would call the Florida State Legislature into a special legislative session April 19-22. 

READ the letter here. 

Workers For Opportunity is a project of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. WFO’s goal is to advance the liberty of employees across the country, ensuring full choice and the protection of their First Amendment rights.



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