Yesterday the Florida House gave Disney World and Darden Restaurants a gift they've been hoping for: They joined the Senate and passed a bill that will prohibit local governments from enacting their own sick-time policies for workers.
This comes after a long fight between workers who only want what's fair, and "Big Mickey" and other businesses who pocket huge profits at the expense of those workers who already forego benefits.
While legislators pat themselves on the back and claim victory, this was also a victory for ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) who are behind a larger push for “preemption bills,” laws that override any efforts to implement paid sick days, and write the laws that Florida legislators "adopt" as their own. For them it's as easy as "cut and paste." They do little work at all to pass it, and reap rewards from those businesses, while the workers who will suffer from it work long hours in return for very little.
The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott's desk for his signature, but he should veto it. For once he should actually "do the right thing" rather than merely using the phrase as a campaign slogan.
Call Gov. Scott and ask him to REALLY "do the right thing" and veto HB655.
Workers deserve better.