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What Collective Bargaining Means for Teachers

Background

Collective bargaining means Florida teachers get to negotiate their contracts and working conditions.

Their interests are usually represented by teachers unions.

But in Florida you do not need to belong to a teachers union in order to work as a teacher. That’s because Florida is a right-to-work state.

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