Florida PBA Filed Over 6,000 Signed Correctional And Probation Officer Election Petitions With The Public Employees Relations Commission

It’s Official!

With 6,108 Correctional and Probation Officer signatures in hand, representatives of the PBA officially filed an election petition with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) today. The petition requests an election be held between the Florida PBA and the Teamsters to determine which organization will be the exclusive collective bargaining representative for the Department of Corrections’ bargaining unit.

Under PERC election rules, today is the first day to file our petition.

Thanks to the officers’ response in the field, we gathered more than enough signatures in a record amount of time (six weeks) to be able to file this morning. We collected an average of 1,000 petitions per week with an estimated 80% of officers we came into contact with signing on. And we will continue to visit each institution and probation office in order to speak directly with you. However, our decision to file today underscores our desire to have the election completed before the start of the next legislative session in March of 2017. Having a successful legislative session was the top priority for the officers signing petitions.

It is our opinion that dragging out an election into the new year severely undermines your legislative strategy. We plan to pursue an expedited election per PERC rules. If delays do occur, it will be a tactic by the Teamsters not from us.

We are very grateful for the support we have received since day one of the petition drive. The next step is PERC will determine if the petitions meet legal sufficiency. Please stay tuned.

Thank you for reading this email and, as always, stay safe.

Thomas Tiberio Named BCPBA Treasurer

Thomas Tiberio has been named Treasurer of the Broward County PBA, it was announced at a Board of Directors meeting on June 23, 2016. Tiberio, a sergeant with the Miramar Police Department, has been a PBA representative for that department since 2008, and a member of the BCPBA since 1996.

Tiberio joined the Miramar Police Department in 1995, and was was promoted to sergeant in 2004. He is currently assigned to Miramar’s Strategic Investigations Unit, where he is responsible for the supervision of eight detectives handling narcotics, gangs, fraud and other vice crimes. Tiberio was elected to the Miramar Police Pension Board in 2007, and is currently the board’s secretary.

Tiberio graduated from SUNY-Brockport with a B.S. in criminal justice in 1994.

Florida PBA To Begin Career Development Plan Workgroup

On June 15th, the Florida PBA held a meeting with the PBA representatives on the Career Development Plan Workgroup. The workgroup members met with Chapter Presidents and PBA staff to discuss the structure of the our initial proposal to the official workgroup. The official workgroup will consist of PBA representatives, management representatives and the Department of Management Services (DMS).

The official workgroup will begin meeting after July 1, 2016.

As the workgroup meets and proposals are worked out, we will begin to fill in more details for you. So with that in my mind, here’s a brief summary outline of our proposed plan:

  • Voluntary plan – Officers have the option to participate or not.
  • Front loaded increases to address critical retention needs for all agencies. Combined 57% of the officers have less than 10 years of service with the state of Florida. Every agency has an officer population with at least 50% of the officers at 10 or less years of service.
  • During the implementation year, officers are grandfathered in to receive increases based on their previous years of service.
  • Following the implementation year, officers must meet certain training or educational requirements in order to be eligible for the next increase.

Thank you for reading this update and please stay tuned. As always, stay safe.

BCPBA Awards Annual Scholarships

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual essay contest at the quarterly board of directors meeting held on June 23, 2016.

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members.

This year’s first place winner is Brittany Bolger of Coral Springs. Brittany received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at the University of Central Florida. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The second place winner was Jake Bottom of Coconut Creek. Jake received a $600 scholarship, which will be applied toward his education at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the Broward County PBA.

The third place recipient was Tanner Yurchuck of Lake Worth. Tanner will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University. Tori Fernandez of West Palm Beach earned the fourth place award, and she is currently attending the University of Central Florida. The fifth place winner was Kerigan McCoy of Coconut Creek. Kerigan will be attending Florida Atlantic University.

The Broward County PBA Annual Scholarship Award was founded in 2003 as part of The HOPE Fund’s mission to assist the children of law enforcement members in their effort to attend college. To be eligible for the scholarship, participants must be the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member in good standing and plan to be a part-time or full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university. More information about the scholarship may be found at bcpba.org.