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LCSO: Sergeants vote again to dissolve union

March 13, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

For the second time in a row, law enforcement sergeants of the Lee County Sheriff's Office have voted to decertify the International Union of Police Associations as their bargaining unit.

The vote to decertify was by a nearly 2-to-1 margin - 46 voted to decertify, 24 against and 13 did not vote. The re-vote was ordered by the Public Employees Relations Commission, and the results mirror the July election results when 65 percent of sergeants voted to dissolve.

"By virtue of their rank, this particular group has been around the agency for a while and demonstrated great leadership abilities. Obviously, they considered all factors to this issue and have now twice made the decision to cast IUPA aside," Sheriff Mike Scott said. "It is a shame the union did not respect the decision of this group the first time around. The suggestion that their first vote to decertify was flawed has been answered in resounding fashion today."



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