Florida teachers sue over pension law

Jul 12, 2011

Florida teachers file lawsuit

The largest teachers union in the Sunshine State has joined forces with other labor organizations in filing a class action lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott. The suit was filed on behalf of 11 public employees who are part of the public retirement system, according to the Palm Beach Post.

A new 3 percent payroll contribution is being required of 655,000 workers who belong to the Florida Retirement System. The state's education association has said this is just the first of many lawsuits it intends to file.

The plaintiffs also include sheriff's deputies, a nurse and social workers, CNN Money reports. This new requirement may decrease the amount individuals are able to invest in their life insurance policies.

This new contribution requirement was the first bill the governor signed into law and the lawsuit claims it breaches contracts that have been in place since the 1970s. The contributions are set to start on July 1 and the lawsuit is also seeking an injunction against that date.

"Asking state employees to pay a small percentage into their pensions is common sense," Scott told the Post. "Floridians who don't work in government are required to pay into their own retirement. This is about fairness for those who don't have government jobs."

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