Thursday, September 23, 2010
September 23, 2010
CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NO LONGER REPRESENTED BY UNION
For the first time in 4 ½ years, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is not represented by a union. In a 107-25 vote yesterday, CCSO patrol deputies rejected continued union representation by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler views this decertification vote as a move in a positive direction for the agency. “I’m very pleased that the employees of the CCSO overwhelmingly rejected union representation and, instead, placed their faith and trust in me as their sheriff to fairly and adequately represent their interests”, Beseler said.
In April of 2006, CCSO detention deputies, patrol deputies and patrol supervisors voted in favor of union representation for our agency. Almost immediately, the agency and FOP went to impasse and were never able to agree on a contract, due in large part to union demands for binding arbitration related to disciplinary issues. In November 2007, detention supervisors rejected union representation by a vote of 12-7. In April 2009, patrol supervisors voted 41-10 to also reject union representation by FOP. In July 2009, detention deputies rejected union representation by the FOP by a vote of 57-16.
Yesterday’s vote completes the process of decertification and now no component of the CCSO remains represented by a union.