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CONTRACT IMPASSE RECOMMENDATIONS
(HIGHLIGHTS OF RECOMMENDATIONS BY STATE-APPOINTED JUDGE)
Under Florida Statutes, Chapter 447, a procedure is outlined on how to resolve labor contract disputes between a union and management. One step in this process is presenting your case to a Special Magistrate (Judge) appointed by the Public Employee Relations Commission. The Magistrate’s ruling is non-binding and serves as a recommendation only to the parties. Outlined below are the highlights (summary) of the Magistrate’s recommendations. The final step over our contract dispute will be resolved by the County Commission at a hearing yet to be scheduled (unless the parties come to a prior agreement).
a. President and one (1) Vice President on full-time release.
b. Retain Article III.2A - County has discretion to allow more bargaining unit members to be released fulltime, without pay (considered in pay status for longevity bonus award purposes)
c. 5,000 hours per year to process grievances and attend union functions. Time off to process grievances to be granted by supervisors, and not unreasonably withheld.
d. Retain daily overtime pay for an employee who is booked off an entire day, if part of employee’s regular day’s pay.
e. Retain Article III.2C – Union Time Pool