MIAMI, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives of Teamsters
Local 769 in Miami, Florida filed for impasse today with the Florida Public
Employee Relations Commission (PERC) on behalf of nearly 100 Monroe County
corrections officers after six months of unsuccessful negotiations.
The union and sheriff's department began negotiations in November 2007
after PERC certified Local 769 as the unit's bargaining representative in
September of that year. The two sides have been unable to reach an
agreement because of unreasonable staffing changes and cuts proposed by the
sheriff's appointed bargaining committee.
"These corrections officers work in an environment that is inherently
dangerous," said Mike Scott, President of Teamsters Local 769. "But instead
of taking steps to improve safety in the facility, the sheriff's department
is making ill-advised demands that could compromise the precautions
already in place."
These demands include cutting staffing in the most dangerous block of
the Monroe County Jail called the 'Alpha Unit', an area that houses violent
offenders including murderers and rapists. The sheriff's committee has also
demanded that a key position in the control center of the jail be manned by
cheaper, less experienced civilian personnel rather than a certified
"We have made multiple proposals designed to offset any costs
associated with keeping these positions as they stand, but the committee
refuses to even consider them," Scott said. "Ensuring the safety of these
workers is our primary concern. Frankly, it's disconcerting that the
sheriff's department doesn't share our concern."
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents
1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and
SOURCE Teamsters Local 769