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Bay County Corrections returns to POLC for representation they needed

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: April 15, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Bay County Corrections & Records Specialists decided their departure from the POLC over seven years ago was not in their best interest, so, in October 2019 they came back and are pleased with their new collective bargaining agreement.

“We felt that POAM wasn’t giving us good representation, so we wanted to try somewhere else,” said local union President Jim Fulger. “We had POLC before my time. There’s a lot of new deputies since it’s been switched over to POAM, but the (older) deputy said the POLC was always there and did a good job when they needed them.”

The 35-member group is already impressed with the attentiveness they’ve received from POLC Labor Rep. Duane Smith.

“Duane came in and had three different meetings with our local members,” Fulger said. “(With POAM) we barely saw anybody for representation. Duane did a good job. He was always willing to show up when he was needed.”

The new three-year contract, effective Jan. 1, 2020, was settled quickly, with 3 percent in raises and a $500 annual boost in year two. The uniform allowance increased to $500 annually and the shift premium doubled from 25 cents to 50 cents per hour for midnight shift. New for Employees is an Officer Training Premium of $1 per hour for every hour an officer trains a new officer.

Sick and accident disability pay increased by $105 per week from $395 to $500. “If they do something off duty and can’t come to work, they get paid anyways through the insurance up to $500 a week,” Smith said.

Under the new contract, Records Specialists don’t have to go without pay or take Vacation Time to get paid when bad weather rolls in. “There’s a new article for bad weather. If the county building is closed, they’re not required to come in and they’re not shorted in their pay,” Smith said. “They don’t have to take a Vacation Day or get paid for a 32-hour week.”

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