A lawsuit filed Tuesday by a coalition of Florida teachers unions argues that the labor groups shouldn't have to prove they have the backing of a majority of the educators and other workers in the schools they represent.
The lawsuit is a reaction to a new state law that would decertify teachers unions if the unions cannot prove that most of the people the union represents actually wants it to be there. Unions allege the law is purely an attack on them.
"[The law] unfairly targets teachers unions — and teachers unions alone — for decertification as local bargaining agents," the unions, lead by the Florida Education Association, said in a press release.
The lawsuit seeks to invalidate a section in a new state education law that became effective Sunday.
The language says that should a union's membership fall to less than half of the people in the workplace eligible to join, then the union must ask the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission to hold a new workplace election. If less than half the eligible workers back the union in that vote, then the union loses its status as the worker's representative.