LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida public employee relations commission is faulting Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott for announcing bonuses for non-union employees, not long before a union vote by Sergeants in his office.
The PERC finding says Scott engaged in unfair labor practices. Scott says he had to mention the bonuses during budget preparations last July, and did not intend to influence any union action.
The Sergeants voted to disband their union local.
The International Union of Police Associations filed a complaint with the state, and the ruling favors the union. It voids the results from last July and orders Scott to hold a new election among the sergeants.
"It is a good victory," says Rich Roberts of the union.
Mike Scott issued a statement to WINK News, saying he had no control over when he mentioned the bonsuses during budget preparations. He also says he derives the ultimate victory from his wins in the August primary and November general elections. He says his election to a third term proves he is not the only person in Lee county who is tired from "whining" from unions.