Rick Scott Caves to Pressure From Mickey Mouse, Denies Floridians Paid Sick Days

rickscott-mickeymouseDespite the polls showing upwards of 80% support for paid sick days in the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill yesterday that blocks all local governments in the state from enacting any ordinances which would make them mandatory. Instead of taking into account the overwhelming support from residents in the state, Scott caved to pressures from ALEC (which orchestrated the effort) and companies like Walt Disney and Darden Restaurants. In a statement on the signing of the bill, Scott said, “This bill fosters statewide uniformity, consistency and predictability in Florida’s employer-employee relationships.”

No it doesn’t, Rick. It fosters even more massive profits for special interests and companies which have already been accumulating incredible profit off the backs of struggling workers. Just take a look at Walt Disney, one of the biggest opponents of mandatory paid sick days. Walt Disney Co. ended fiscal year 2012 with record revenue and profits, bringing in almost $5.7 billion in profit for the year. But we’re supposed to believe giving their employees the opportunity to accrue paid sick leave would devastate their bottom line? Give me a break.

Then we have Darden Restaurants, who paid the price for “experimenting” with screwing their employees out of health insurance last year. Now they want to pay the price again for forcing their cooks and servers to work sick just to try to get by? Have fun visiting a Red Lobster or Olive Garden knowing that there’s a chance your server might be working with an illness just so they can pay their rent and keep food on their table.

But should we really expect anything better from Rick Scott? This is the same man who blatantly lied about his business experience at Columbia/HCA, saying he “drove down national health care inflation from 18% to 8% in seven years.” PolitiFact rated this ridiculous claim “pants on fire.” Which, if you’re familiar at all with Governor Scott’s career in business and politics, you know he’s metaphorically burned through several pairs of pants with his outlandish lies.

Last year, Scott brought his lie factory to the friendly airwaves of Fox News, claiming that a company with 20 employees could be forced to shut down because they couldn’t afford the Obamacare health insurance requirement. Apparently, this was a fear tactic Scott used several times when urging small business owners to vote for Mitt Romney. And of course, it was a bold-faced lie.

Earlier this year, Scott perpetuated even more lies about Obamacare, flatly rejecting reality while claiming that the Medicaid expansion would cost the state $26 billion over 10 years. Despite the state legislature’s top economist and budget analyst and almost every nonpartisan analysis telling him he was wrong, Governor Scott brazenly decided to stick with his made up figure to justify rejecting the expansion.

A real “man of the people.”

Even though the vast majority of Florida residents — and most of Florida’s major newspapers — agreed that this bill shouldn’t have been passed, Scott felt compelled to please his corporate overlords while screwing over millions of people in the process. Working parents struggling to get by be damned, Rick Scott couldn’t care less about your plight.

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  • Andrew

    he needs to be recalled 2014 gives him and his cronies too much time to do more damage

    • he can not be recalled, gov Jeb Bush signed a bill that forbids gov in fl from being recalled go figure that out

      • Kelly Zimmerman-Frame

        Wow, these repukes create bills so they can cheat and get away with it. Big surprise. It’s amazing how much damage these repukes have done in such a short amount of time.

  • I do hope scott realizes he just signed his ending of playing in the political field in fl and if he thinks he is headed for the white house he is living in a fools paradise people are fed up ith him ~~ the last good gov fl had was a democrate in 97 I beleive it was he sadly had a heart attack, kind of strange given he as a very heLTHY MAN~~~Good Bye Scott all u have signed can be and will be over turned in 2014!

    • Aimee Barfield

      Good man Ole’ Lawton Chiles, he was a state legend and rightly so! He wasn’t eligible to run again, I don’t think his heart attack was nefarious, it was just one of those things, even for a healthy man at his age. The person running against corrupt Jeb was Chiles Lt. Gov. Buddy Mackay.

      I don’t think Crist was all that bad, though he was a Republican at the time, he fought back against the extremist elements that were emerging in the GOP and left the party entirely by 2008. He became an Independent for the next four years until joining the Democratic party this past December. He spent almost all of 2012 stumping across the state and the country for Barrack Obama.
      He hasn’t declared, and while some state Democrats aren’t favorable to Crist, in polling he beats Lex Luther by excessive double digits. He would win easily, Democrats will vote for him, Independents will too, and even those old school Republicans who are ashamed of the party but haven’t left it (think of the many who voted Obama over Romney).
      Either way, Scott has been charring too long on the grill, he’s been done since he took the oath of office. No matter how many millions of his own money he puts into his campaign, he’s finished (17 million in 2008 of his own money).

  • DoubleDogDiogenes

    OK. Not going to Disney this year again and as Darden’s Restaurants makes sick people work and spread disease…well good bye Olive Garden…again! Still the party of stupid. And ALEC is becoming the right wing mafia.

    • Brian

      This is bull. I work for Disney and can tell you they treat us very well. I am just a normal hourly cast member and I get 3 weeks paid vacation (4 in another two years) 3 paid personal days, 6 paid holidays and 6 (That is right) 6 paid sick days. Why would Disney want to prevent something they already do and have done for as long as I have worked there (Over 15 years)

      • David Chipman

        That may change now, when it comes to paid sick days. It’s great to hear you had so far seen no problems. Hope Disney doesn’t take advantage of this.

      • rasslor56

        They will, don’t worry.

      • Jeffrey

        You do realize 6 paid sick days is hardly anything, correct? ESPECIALLY seeing as you’ve worked there over 15 years. That’s TERRIBLE, and you talk about it like it’s supposed to be great.

      • Jeffrey

        Furthermore, if you’d actually read the article and read some of the links included, you’d see why Disney is one of the most vocal opponents against mandatory paid sick leave — because they have employees like you who have worked for them for 15 years and think y6 paid sick days is “great.”

      • Brian

        I do think that is great. I care about the company I work for. You are obviously one of those that feel entitlements are due you. You probably think that having to actually work more then 4 hours for your 8 hours of pay is asking too much.

      • Aimee Barfield

        Brian, are you on 10 hour line shifts or 8? If you are on 8 hour line shifts, unless things have REALLY changed in the last few years, you get OT pay for anything after 8 hours, right? Even if you only work a 35 week. Guess what? It’s not like that in most company’s in C.Florida.

        Do you know why? Because they are unionized.
        Your best and greatest hope at this point in time is that your union keeps fighting for you, because with WDW rah-rahing this deal…just saying.

        And um yeah…I saw what you did there, you used a dog whistle, ‘entitlements’.

        Next time you get your hair cut? Make sure your hairstylist/barber has hand sanitizer. And when you go out to eat, you better hoope your server, the chef, the line cook doesn’t have influenza. Again, just saying.

      • ricklee228

        Excuse me Brian but let me first start by telling you that at the ripe young age of 16 I was fairly elected as the youngest shop steward ever elected to the AFL-CIO union. The union fights for equality in pay, working conditions, work policy and procedures following the federal governments labor laws and makes sure that ALL employees, this usually by means of negotiation includes non-union employees also (even though they are taking a free ride on the membership paying union members) and protects them from unfair work policies and procedures. After working for disney for 15 years and you feel that 6 sick days, I’m assuming with no accrual time, you consider this FAIR! sir, with all due respect, if you believe and buy that crock of sh%t then you truly deserve what you are NOT getting out of Disney! Wake up my man you are being taken advantage of and it is a known fact. Did you vote for Scott also? Sad, so very sad that in this day and age people do not educate themselves on what is happening around them. God speed!

      • Aimee Barfield

        Brian, I am a former WDW cast member (10 plus years), you get what you get because of the UNION, even if you aren’t a member. The company gives you nothing out of the kindness of their hearts. The UNIONS fight long and hard for any all concessions every time a contact is up for renewal.

        Former member of UCFW 1625.

      • Brian

        Not true. My wife is salaried. Salaried employees are not covered under any union. She actually has more and BETTER benefits then I do.

      • Aimee Barfield

        Because she is salaried, she is considered more valuable, until she isn’t (Disney is pretty infamous for forced retirements-regardless of age/years of service to flat out termination of salaried employees, much like Central Florida’s other large employer Lockheed Martin).

        As an hourly employee? You would have squat w/o your union. You must know Walt’s history of unions from way back in his days before theme parks? After that when he started his theme parks, so he wouldn’t feel as if disputes were ‘personal’, he insisted the hourly employees have union representation. Even in Florida, a right to work state.

        You may think the company loves you for you, but at 15 years? Top out paid grade? They’d replace you in heart beat for some kid just getting out of high school w/o your union. I’m not trying to be harsh, I’m just being honest.

      • JonesRobynj

        I’m so glad to hear that. I’d be very disappointed if they didn’t take care of their employees.

      • Bob

        The bill does not eliminate sick days but the accrual of sick days. Many companies across the country have “No Accrual” policies. Many of the companies would cash out any un-used sick days at the end of the year, but in the last twenty years with the pro-business shift in government many companies have changed to a use-em or lose-em policy regarding sick days.

    • Robyn Luongo

      My family either!!!

  • This is how Fascism works: (Regardless of your feelings on the measure) Scott caved in to pressure from ALEC which is owned lock-stock-and-barrel by the Koch brothers. In a stroke of genius, the Koch brothers require every politician that they support to pay 1% of their salary back to ALEC. Ergo, ALEC owns this politician. You can look it up.

  • tcaruso01

    Scott is now officially done here in FL!! Maybe he has a job waiting for him with ALEC or the Koch’s after his term is up cause his political career is over…the fat lady is singing governor!!!

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    Scott did not cave, he doesn’t give a fuck about workers.

  • Aimee Barfield

    He is done in Florida, he knows it too. It’s been official almost since he took the ‘oath of office’. Republicans (excluding tea party groups) and Democrats alike in this state are counting down the days. The leading, though undeclared, candidate that will wipe the floor with Scott, he beats him by wide double digits.

    He’s doing all the screwing of Floridians he can because he knows his days are numbered.

    2014 can not come fast enough for Floridians. WDW will not ‘feel’ the impact of this sadly but Darden will, just like they did with their ‘Obamacare’ scheme. Their business has still not picked back up despite them doubling back after the publicity.

  • Cindy

    So sick of this self-serving idiot. He does not give a crap about serving the citizens or the best interest of Florida. SAY GOOD-BYE RICKY – WE WON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Miller Girl

    I’m boycotting Disney–all Disney related merchandise, ESPN and ABC.

    • Duane Wilcox

      The Religious Right tried that, it doesn’t work. What we Floridians need to do is get this on the State Wide ballot as and Amendment. This way not Governor or legislator can ever do this again.

  • JonesRobynj

    I for one do not eat at those restaurants any more because of their stand against their employees. I’ll cook for myself before I’ll get out and contribute to the fat stack of cash. I hope the hell that people across this country remember this come the 2014 elections.

  • CalRobert

    Well, they voted for him. Not sure what they expected.

  • bklynsam

    Just a reminder to fellow Floridians. This sob was elected with a 1.2% margin in 2010. In 2008, 8.4 million people voted. In 2010, only 5.3 million voted. This in spite of the fact that everyone knew that Scott was the CEO of a company forced to pay the biggest fine in history for defrauding Medicare. I don’t blame the tea party for Scott, I blame the morons that stayed home because of the infamous ‘enthusiasm gap’. That got us Scott in FL, and the slew of tea party nutjobs that have plagued the Congress since 2010. Fortunately, in 2012, enough people were angry enough about attempts to limit voting, that people stood in record number for 8 to 10 hours in some places. Unfortunately, we’re all still suffering the consequences of those who couldn’t bother in 2010.

  • Guile Williams

    Politicians like Scott knows their days are numbered, that’s why they are trying to ruin everything before they go to help their corporate buddies.

  • tom hutnak

    Thanks Asshole for taking away benefits for my daughter. What “PERKS” did you and your family get?

  • MaatMenNefer

    Another impressive candidate for winner of the ‘Greatest Evil For the Greatest Number’ award!

  • MsGood Stuff

    All those folks that just got screw need to make it their business to remove Scott from his job.

  • JPetraglia

    You can argue it being right or wrong, but business who choose to treat their employees well will continue to flourish. There still are some great places out there. There is something to be said for those places who *choose* to pursue a better fringe benefit plan.

  • Don Burrow

    He just signed his own fate for reelection no way in hell will I vote for him!!!!!!

  • Robyn Luongo

    Meanwhile today on local news in Florida they are reporting this a-hole’s popularity as governor going up???? How can that be???

  • Ralph Finelli

    this guy is a POS needs to get taken out of office he is not a friend of the working class plus he looks like his eyes are about to pop out of his head between him and obozo the working class people are getting screwed more and more how much more can we take before something gives??????