Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Teamsters union protests pace of contract negotiations with Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY — About 60 members of the Teamsters union that represents most county workers protested Wednesday in front of the West Pasco Government Center, arguing county officials are using "stalling tactics" as they negotiate an initial contract with the union.

Officials have held four negotiating sessions with the union and have scheduled two more in June. But union negotiator John Sholtes said the county is dragging its feet. Workers voted to join the union in September, and the two sides have yet to make progress on major issues.

He acknowledged the tight budget and said the union's big issue isn't pay. Rather, he said, the union wants seniority protections to prevent favoritism such as giving good jobs to people who happen to be a friend of a friend. "Stuff like that means the world to these workers," he said.

County personnel director Barbara DeSimone said she is focused on the quality of the contract, not on passing one quickly. She suspected the union is upset because it cannot begin collecting dues until a contract is signed. "We're not going to just agree to things just so they can start collecting dues," she said.

Negotiations are scheduled for June 8 and 23. Sholtes said if those sessions are unproductive like previous sessions, he might ask for a special magistrate to help the two sides get past an impasse. The magistrate's recommendation would have to be approved by county commissioners.

Teamsters union protests pace of contract negotiations with Pasco County 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. After fraught debate, Trump to disclose new Afghanistan plan

    War

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will unveil his updated Afghanistan policy Monday night in a rare, prime-time address to a nation that broadly shares his pessimism about American involvement in the 16-year conflict. Although he may send a few thousand more troops, there are no signs of a major shift in …

    U.S. soldiers patrol the perimeter of a weapons cache near the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2003. Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.  [Associated Press (2003)]
  2. Trial begins for man accused of threatening to kill Tampa federal judge

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Jason Jerome Springer was in jail awaiting trial on a firearms charge when he heard inmates talking about a case that had made the news.

    Jason Jerome Springer, 39, is accused of threatening to kill a U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, according to a federal indictment.  |Hernando County Sheriff's Office photo]
  3. Editorial: Tampa Electric customers should not pay for utility's fatal misjudgments

    Editorials

    There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company's shareholders, not its customers. Monetary considerations will not begin to …

    LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
There will be financial fallout from the terrible miscalculations that resulted in five workers being killed in June at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. State and federal regulators should ensure those costs are borne by the company's shareholders, not its customers.
  4. Superior Uniform acquires Los Angeles-based PublicIdentity

    Corporate

    SEMINOLE — A subsidiary of Seminole-based Superior Uniform Group has acquired Los Angeles-based branded merchandise company PublicIdentity Inc.

    Superior Uniform Group CEO Michael Benstock
[Courtesy of Superior Uniform Group]
  5. Money is the issue as Hillsborough strains to fix school air conditioners

    K12

    TAMPA — With more than 200 repair requests tumbling in every day, school officials in Hillsborough County are broadening their circle of air conditioning mechanics as they struggle to control a debilitating cycle of breakdowns and sweltering classrooms.

    Hillsborough school officials want to expand the number of contractors who work on broken school air conditioning systems. But it all gets rolled into a workload that has increased by 40 percent since 2011. "With no increase in budget, no increase in equipment and no increase in manpower, and as the equipment gets older and needs more maintenance, this is going to continue to grow," said Robert Weggman, general manager of maintenance." [iStockphoto.com
]