Unions Battle Over Broward Deputies

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 1, 2015 – A Sarasota-based arm of the AFL-CIO has its eyes on the Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Over 2,000 deputies and sergeants will vote later this summer on whether they want the International Union of Police Associations to represent them, or want to continue with the Broward County Police Benevolent Association.

At stake: Millions of dollars in annual dues flowing to the labor organization.

The union gathered signatures from more than 40 percent of the deputies to call for an election. That means that the IUPA — part of the AFL-CIO, while the PBA is not — appears to be going into the election from a good position — the need to convince only 10 percent more to win the election.

Broward Deputy Jeff Bell is a leader of the IUPA organizing effort, according to a report on Leoaffairs.com, a website for cops.