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St. Petersburg College faculty petitions for union certification

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The United Faculty of Florida delivered more than 180 signed cards from faculty members at the St. Petersburg College to the Florida Public Employees Relations Committee, calling for certification of a faculty collective bargaining unit at the college. In accordance with state law, the faculty must submit a petition accompanied by 30 percent signed statements indicating the faculty’s “desire to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the petitioning employee organization.” The signed cards from SPC represent about 50 percent…

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Teachers’ unions back Patrick Murphy in U.S. Senate race

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has won the endorsement of some of the most powerful unions in Florida — the teachers’ unions — for his run for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. The Florida Education Association, National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers all are supporting Murphy’s Democratic run, FEA President Joanne McCall announced at a Murphy news conference in Palm Beach County Monday. With 140,000 members, the FEA has traditionally been a powerful ally for Democratic candidates, providing large sums of…

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John Thrasher denies lobbying for testing firms

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From The St. Augustine Record: Two out-of-state companies that offer education testing paid a lobbying firm where state Sen. John Thrasher was a partner between $60,000 and $190,000 over a two-year period, state records indicate. During the current legislative session, Thrasher, a St. Augustine Republican, sponsored Senate Bill 6, which, among other things, would have required school districts to develop or acquire end-of-course assessment tests. After drawing stiff criticism from educators and teachers’ unions, the bill was vetoed Thursday by…

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