UPDATE: FOP responds to Gainesville over contract

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The back-and-forth between Gainesville and the city's police union continues.

After the Fraternal Order of Police Gator Lodge 67 was granted a hearing by the State Labor Board over what it calls unfair labor practices in the bargaining of a contract, Gainesville and the FOP are at an impasse until that hearing provides a legal resolution.

In the latest correspondence from the union, FOP Gator Lodge 67's attorney accuses the city of trying to strong-arm the union into signing the disputed contract.

If you would like to read FOP's response to the City of Gainesville, go to the Related Documents tab on the right side of your browser window.

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Fraternal Order of Police Gator Lodge 67 has been granted a hearing by the State Labor Board, in regards to charges that the City of Gainesville violated their bargaining rights.

This after the State Labor's General Counsel ruled that the city will have to answer to charges they engaged in unfair labor practices filed by the FOP.

The issue involves the scheduling of police hours and when officers have to be notified of changes. The Gainesville Police Department spokesperson Jorge Campos says city police is not commenting on the matter as the HR department is currently handling the negotiation.

As the contract between the City and the FOP is disputed and remains unsigned, some police retirees are starting to feel the consequences, first hand.
Subsidies for some retired officer health benefits are dropping off. Monthly insurance premiums for at least 12 retirees could be impacted between $80 to $195 per month.
The union says they could not sign the contract due to the upcoming hearing from the State Labor Board.

If you would like to read the letter sent from the Employee and Labor Relations Manager to all officers, corporals, and Sergeants click on the Related Documents tab on the right side.

If you would like to read FOP's response to the City of Gainesville, go to the Related Documents tab on the right side of your browser window.

If you're reading on your mobile phone the Related Documents tab is at the bottom of the article.