Union Organization and Labor Relations: Florida

Union Organization and Labor Relations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Kamilah L. Perry, Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Summary

  • Chapter 447 of the Florida Statutes codifies an employee's right to engage in or refrain from participation in union activities, and also guarantees the freedom of speech and the right of private sector employees to strike. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
  • The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has the authority to regulate the activities and affairs of private sector labor unions. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
  • Most of Florida's labor laws under the Florida Labor Act does not apply to public sector employees, who are governed by the Florida Public Employees Relations Act. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
  • Florida is a "right to work" State. See Right to Work.
  • The Florida Labor Act sets forth prohibited conduct for both employers and unions. See Prohibited Conduct.
  • Florida law imposes civil remedies as well as criminal penalties for violations of the Florida Labor Act. See Penalties / Remedies.