TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's prison guards and probation officers are dumping the Police Benevolent Association after more than three decades.
Election results released Thursday show they picked the Teamsters as their new union over the PBA and International Union of Police Associations.
Teamster officials had promised the 22,000 correctional and probation officers that they'd be more aggressive in their representation.
PBA officials said they would continue to pursue lawsuits the union has filed against the state on behalf of its members.
The PBA recently won a ruling that struck down a state budget provision that would have privatized nearly 30 prison facilities in South Florida.
That decision, though, is being appealed.
The switch in unions also follows the PBA's strong opposition to Republican Gov. Rick Scott in last year's election.
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