Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - February 23, 2016
REVISED - February 23, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #35

Ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreement between Manatee County and the International Association of EMT's, Local R5-747


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Robert Smith, Director Public Safety - extension 3511

Stephen Krivjanik, EMS Chief - extension 3563

Action Requested

Motion to ratify and authorize the County Administrator to execute the collective bargaining agreement between Manatee County and the International Association of EMT's, a Division of the National Association of Government Employees, Local R5-747.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes § 447.309

Background Discussion

Manatee County EMS voted in 2012 for representation by the International Association of EMT's, a division of the National Association of Government Employees, Local R5-747.  The Public Employees Relations Commission certified this in Case No RC-2012-016, EL 2012-034, Cert. No. 1810, on January 4, 2013.  Negotiations began, and over twenty five negotiating sessions were held to get to tentative agreement on the many articles included in the attached agreement.  Final agreement was reached on January 6, 2016, and the membership voted to ratify on February 9, 2016.  The agreement is consistent with the bulk policies of Manatee County Government, and includes the pay for performance as provided to all Manatee County employees.

There are several fiscal components to this agreement.  As it relates to compensation, the estimated current impact for adjustments in hourly wages for FY2016 is $442,358.  This includes a breakdown of $284,910 as the cost to adjust employee hourly wages for those who are currently below the new minimum hourly wage rate of the revised pay scale, and $157,448 as the current year’s pay for performance amount.  These adjustments are consistent with the process for the entire organization (pay for performance and adjustments to the minimum hourly rate pay scales based on the recent Evergreen Solutions Compensation Study). 

This is a 3-year agreement.  Compensation over the next two years will include increases as approved for the general workforce, but will also include a catchup amount for the pay for performance which was not accepted by the bargaining unit for FY2014 (to be paid in FY2017)  and FY2015 (to be paid in FY2018).

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other

Attorney Eschenfelder advised the administration on the law, and assisted in the negotiation, drafting, and review of the terms of the final agreement.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Executed copies to:
William Shick, EMS Union President, Public Safety Department
Rodney Barnes, HR Director
Manatee County Clerk of Courts, Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  EMS Union Contract 2016.pdf