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Old 04-23-2008, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Boston (North End)
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"Right to work" keeps salaries very low in Florida.
It also helps attract new business and produce more jobs. Unions were neccessary at one time, but with all the regulations in place these days, I'm not sure they are all that neccessary. They often do more harm then good. They are big contributing factor in the decline of the US auto industry. They would have sunk the Airlines by now if the Airlines weren't protected from foreign competition. And personally I would not want to be forced to join a union just to work somewhere. How is that fair? (retoricle question)
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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Florida takes care of the people with money and thats it! There is no job security here at all ... unless you are in the medical field. The way people are exploited is sad. Some people are working way under the pay range and its making it impossible for them to pay rent and feed families. The economy is literally making it impossible to be a middle class person you are either poor and a slave to the rich or homeless. The sad thing is Florida is also so so beautiful and when you are forced to leave its hard not to miss the pretty beach and the diversity. I am a single girl and unless you are married or have family here you will get pushed out. Also not knowing Spanish is a terrible here. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I finally learned the roads, because if you get lost in Miami you will not be able to ask for directions!
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:49 PM
 
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also I have found that professionalism is not popular either. Sexual harassment is a problem here and because so many companies are family owned your only way of avoiding it is to leave.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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One of the reasons companies move to Florida to do business is so they don't have to deal with unions destroying their business. That, and they can pay less because people in Union States like New York and Pennsylvania pay a good portion of their salary in taxes. (Florida has no income taxes)

Now that homes are a lot higher, businesses need to pay more, so we probably won't see as many in the near future.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:35 AM
 
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As far as I understand (don't hold me to this) a right to work state is a state in which you do not have to be in a union (union shop) to work certain jobs. People confuse right to work with "at will" employment in which an employer can fire you at any time for any reason. At will employment also means you can quit at any time for any reason. "At will" employment can occur in non right to work state as well. I hope this helps. Florida is a very pro-employer state.
What do you mean that FL. is a very pro-employer state? Does that give the employer the right to fire at anytime and what other states are pro-employer? Does the employee have any rights in theses states? If they do-let me know ,please.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Another thing they can do is pay you minimum wage for whatever they owe you. So, if you were making $15/hr, they can pay you $6.79/hr for the reamining checks they owe you. I was on salary and the boss wanted me to do more hours without paying more. (not to mention, I was already full-time and didn't want more hours) I told him no, got my check and those additional hours he wanted me to do were deducted from my check. (16 hours) couldn't get the money back either.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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What do you mean that FL. is a very pro-employer state? Does that give the employer the right to fire at anytime and what other states are pro-employer? Does the employee have any rights in theses states? If they do-let me know ,please.
Im afraid that is true, in Florida an employer can terminate your employment at anytime for no reason whatsoever.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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Another thing they can do is pay you minimum wage for whatever they owe you. So, if you were making $15/hr, they can pay you $6.79/hr for the reamining checks they owe you. I was on salary and the boss wanted me to do more hours without paying more. (not to mention, I was already full-time and didn't want more hours) I told him no, got my check and those additional hours he wanted me to do were deducted from my check. (16 hours) couldn't get the money back either.
I have never heard of anyone doing that. Did you quit?

I know they have to pay you for hours worked. Maybe I am interpreting your post incorrectly.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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I have never heard of anyone doing that. Did you quit?

I know they have to pay you for hours worked. Maybe I am interpreting your post incorrectly.
I was going to ask about that aswell, because as far as im aware if you have a contract of employment they cant do that. They would have to pay you the full amount.
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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Well, I don't know if I would call it a contract exactly, but if your hours are 40 and your hourly pay is $15 which is what you both agreed upon, then they have to pay you that amount. They can not arbitrarily change your pay without notifying you. They especially can not dock your pay because you didn't work extra hours. That is against federal law, right to work has nothing to do with it.

Believe me, there are employers in FL who do not know the law or figure you don't and won't ask. My DH worked for a company who pulled something similar and I was able to prove they broke the federal law. The feds came in and fined them big time after checking their records.
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