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May 08, 2024

     Florida is challenging a threat by the Biden administration to withhold millions of dollars of federal funds in retaliation for a new state law that regulates unions.  Biden wants to help unions with the threat of taxpayer money.

     Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said Wednesday the state filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. The lawsuit, which names Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and acting Labor Secretary Julie Su, among other administration officials, seeks an injunction to prevent the administration from withholding millions of dollars of transportation funding.

     “Florida passed laws to protect workers from being strong-armed by unions,” Moody said in a news release. “[President Joe] Biden, intent on driving our country into the ground, continues to try to force states to implement his bad policies. 

“As long as I am Florida's attorney general, Washington will never decide how we run our state. We’re pushing back against this overreach to protect our state’s autonomy and Florida workers.” The Biden administration has taken issue with a Florida law, passed in March and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May, that made changes to collective bargaining in the state. The law allows union members to revoke their membership at any time and prohibits public employers from deducting union fees from employee paychecks.

     The lawsuit claims the Biden administration is using an unconstitutional interpretation of the Federal Transit Act to withhold the funding, which the state said amounts to $800 million. Under the act, such funding has been subject to certain conditions. Although the Federal Transit Administration awards funding, the Department of Labor administers the conditions, including that grant agreements “shall include provisions that may be necessary for the continuation of collective bargaining rights.”  

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