January 17, 2013 – A divided Florida Supreme Court today upheld a revision of the state’s pension system that requires all public employees to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to a pension fund. The Florida Education Association had sued, arguing that the contribution amounted to an involuntary pay cut that couldn’t be imposed without collective bargaining. A circuit judge agreed with the teachers, sending the case to the state’s highest court. The Legislature passed the pension bill in 2011. It contained a host of reforms, but the biggest was requiring public employees – for the first time in 40 years – to contribute a portion of their paychecks to the state’s fund.
Link to Miami Herald Article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/17/3187166/florida-supreme-court-upholds.html