TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- A lawyer for the state teachers union says Wisconsin-style protests likely won't happen in Florida because of strict laws against strikes by union members.
Tallahassee attorney Ron Meyer said on Monday that if teachers do violate the laws, they could face stiff fines and forfeit their pensions. Meyer represents the Florida Education Association.
But Meyer adds teachers aren't rolling over. He says: "They'll express their outrage lawfully," including protesting after school or taking approved leave time during the day.
Protests have been roiling the Wisconsin State Capitol after Gov. Scott Walker proposed curbing state workers' collective bargaining right. He also wants them to pay more for benefits and pensions.
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