he Fort Myers Police Department is armed with reasons why they deserve fair pay. They held picket signs this morning outside of City Hall ahead of a public hearing this afternoon.
Members of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Florida PBA have been working with the Fort Myers City Council since April 2012 to negotiate pay. This afternoon, City Council is holding a special hearing to continue working things out. The City Manager recently turned back to the negotiation table with the force.
The current proposed contract would reduce insurance supplement for some members of the FMPD by at least 3percent, resulting a in a 3 percent, or $2,400 pay cut for other officers.
"During negotiations these officers tentatively agreed on significant reductions in their pensions, saving the city millions of dollars in the future to come," said Matt Sellers, president of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Florida PBA. "We're hoping that city council will see the facts and give these guys a raise, what they deserve."
Detective sellers said officers took a hit in 2010 when they agreed to a voluntary 5.25 percent pay cut. WINK News reached out to city council and the city manager for comment, but have not yet received a response. We'll follow this afternoon's public hearing and bring you updates as they become available.