TALLAHASSEE -- Before state and local governments take the first dime from the paychecks of teachers, police and state workers to put in the state pension plan, three unions filed suit against Gov. Rick Scott and other trustees of the state retirement plan, alleging the move is an unconstitutional violation and a taking of their personal property.
The Florida Education Association filed the lawsuit early Monday in Leon County and was soon joined by the Police Benevolent Association and the SEIU Florida Public Service Union. The lawsuit is the first in what is expected to be a series of challenges to legislation passed this year and signed by the governor. READ MORE
On June 30th a Tallahassee judge rejected the request by the state's largest teachers union to temporarily bar the state from requiring state employees to contribute 3 percent of their wages toward their retirement funds. The Florida Education Association had requested the injunction while it proceeds with a lawsuit over the new law. Floridians have picked up the tab for all pension contributions since 1974.
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