Pasco Teachers Union Nears 50 Percent Threshold in New State Certification Law

Aiming to offset a new, more stringent state law governing teacher union rights, the United School Employees of Pasco launched a recruiting drive.

Its goal: To get more than half of all eligible teachers to join before it has to renew its annual registration with the state.

That’s the measuring stick lawmakers adopted in the spring, arguing the unions should represent a real majority if they are to bargain employment conditions for everyone.

After 2-1/2 months, the USEP announced it had reached the 49 percent mark, and was continuing its cash incentives to those who bring in new members into August. The group’s registration renewal comes Sept. 1, making it one of the first Florida teacher unions to face the modified certification rule.

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