Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hendry Deputies Win Union Rights

LABELLE, FLORIDA -- In an effort to establish a law enforcement union in Hendry county, deputies of the Hendry county Sheriff's office have voted to have the Florida Police Benevolent Association represent them in employment bargaining against Sheriff Ronnie Lee.

Of the 44 eligible persons entitled to vote, 17 voted for the FPBA and 10 against. The matter of allowing the employees to choose union status and collective bargaining rights came before the Florida Public Employees Relations Board who certified the voting results January 11.

Florida is a so-called "right to work" state and unions have traditionally been hard pressed to organize for collective rights to stand up against employers for better benefits and pay. Government and utility company employees have succeeded to a larger extent in union organizing than have employees of private businesses.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:02 AM

    I’m glad to see that the Deputies are standing up against the dictator Ronnie Lee. Just because he was voted by the ignorant public that think his illegal practices are good, doesn't mean he knows what the hell he is doing. Ronnie and his administration are not company men. They want everyone to look bad so they can look like they are on top, and now with the help of the PBA maybe Ronnie and Devil Land will not be able to ruin anymore Deputies lives.