Polk County Collective Bargaining Agreement

“I just can`t support a pay freeze, as a point of preference, but I appreciate all the work of y`all,” said Fortney, who participated in each bargaining session. Although the school district says it must act unilaterally to ensure that it has had sufficient time to implement the new health plans before the August 2009 open enrollment, the report reflects the fact that it was aware of the proposed budget gap for the 2009-10 fiscal year to January 2009 and had experienced budget shortfalls in the previous two fiscal years. However, it was not until the end of June 2009 that the school district voted on the proposed health plans, in part because of delays from the school board and not from the AEP. The school district`s budgetary issues are therefore not a compelling circumstance in which it restricts the AEP`s right to bargain collective agreements, as the economic conditions that require changes to its staff`s health insurance plans were “a persistent problem and not an event requiring immediate action.” Volusia Cnty. Fire Fighters Ass`n Local 3574, IAFF v. Volusia Cnty., 32 FPER 89 (2006); see also the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Ass`n v. Village of N. Palm Beach, 20 FPER 25004 (1993) (“Defending Financial Excitement Requires Much More to Show Than a Financial Economy When Changing Insurance Plan”).” Pensacola Junior Coll. Faculty Ass`n v. B. von Trs. of Pensacola Junior Coll., 13 FPER 18150 (1987) (finding a budget deficit is not an urgent circumstance). As a result, the PERC correctly found that the school district violated Sections 447.501 (a) and (c) by not collectively negotiating with the AEP.

Of the 6,700 teachers in the district, 2,387, 1,117 and 72% voted for the contract. In an email to the school district, read at Tuesday night`s board meeting, Polk Education Association President Stephanie Yocum thanked district staff for working with the teachers` union to reach an agreement. She also commended Polk`s educators for their effectiveness in the pandemic crisis. 6. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), another bargaining unit concerned with the school district`s health plan decision, filed a similar complaint against the school district in the same circumstances. The PERC consolidated the AEP and AFSCME complaints for oral proceedings and the Auditor-Counsellor issued a recommended joint order. The PERC then separated the business and issued separate final orders. The AFSCME procedure is reviewed in the Polk County School Board v. Polk County Non-Industrial Employees Union, Local 227, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, No. 2D10-4040 (Fla. 2d DCA 17, 2011). The school board voted 6 to 1 to give district educators time to plan and plan for teaching.

The agreement ratified by the teachers` union in recent weeks contained no pay increase. In this case, we conclude that the AEP`s participation in the CLC was not intended to waive the AEP`s right to bargain collectively. In addition, two public health plans – the new plan 704 and the amended plan 3566 – were never discussed by the CLC or the steering committee. Thus, the AEP could not have relinquished its right to collectively negotiate these health plans by participating in the CLC, as the plans came into force on the basis of proposals from the school board and not from the CLC. The registration before the PERC indicated that more than two weeks before the school committee voted on the proposed health insurance plans, the AEP requested collective bargaining, but the school district rejected the request and predicted that all collective bargaining would end in a deadlock.

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