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Union conflict to show up at Pasco sheriff's fundraiser

In what's certain to be a lucrative night for his re-election campaign, Pasco Sheriff Bob White will be honored Friday at a $100-a-plate fundraising dinner at a private Land O'Lakes ranch.

The host committee, according to the invitation, includes the cream of Pasco County politics. The honorary chairs are a roll call of local Republican officeholders, plus two Democrats. The night's special guest: none other than Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

A few of White's deputies might show up, too, but not at the festivities.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that has been locked in a contract dispute with the sheriff for more than a year, will rally on State Road 52 across from the entrance of the 4G Ranch as the guests arrive.

"Needless to say, you won't be sitting in a posh environment with the sheriff and his friends," organizers wrote to union members this week. "You will be outside, standing side by side with those you work with and/or those who believe in you as a deputy sheriff and want what you want."

The union is deadlocked with White over gap medical insurance for retirees and the agency's discipline process.

Union conflict to show up at Pasco sheriff's fundraiser 02/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 7:59pm]
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