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  • The Pres Says - December 2019
    Updated On: Dec 09, 2019
    STEADMAN STAHL, PBA President

    Well just like that 2019 is coming to a close. As I said at the beginning of the year, our profession would be facing many challenges, which it has and will continue to. We have been able to establish for the first time in some jurisdictions new things like "step plans." A step plan is a salary structure with standard progressions within a pay range for a job. The members may progress from step to step on performance or other negotiating reasons. For some of our cities they have had this benefit for many years, but in the last year, we have been able to establish this step plan for some other municipalities such as the City of Doral, Miami Gardens, Pinecrest and the Monroe County Sheriffs Office. We have gone from the days of having no dialogue or negotiations to now engaging local elected officials aimed at reaching an agreement that both parties can live with. As we move forward and continue to negotiate we have successfully settled contacts with Hialeah Gardens, the City of Homestead, the City of Doral, the Village of Pinecrest and the Monroe County Sheriffs Office to name a few. 

    We are presently working on the third and final year of the Miami-Dade County contract. We have started working with the other unions within Miami-Dade County to settle the final year and start preparing for the next contract. We also will continue working with other elected officials in the various municipalities we represent, as their contracts open for new negotiations. But negotiating contracts is not the only thing we do here at the PBA. Legal representation is a major component of what we do. If you should find yourself in the need of legal representation from administrative to criminal, civil to FDLE CJST hearings, know that the South Florida PBA is the only organization that will follow you from start to finish with lawyers, not field representatives. We know that your future and livelihood are paramount. You would not go to a foot doctor if you had an eye problem. The days of saying, “I won't get in trouble” or that “I will never need to use the legal services” are long gone. Protecting our members is a core value that we here at the PBA believe in.

    I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and, as we prepare for the holidays, we would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. As we approach the holiday season, please take the time to focus on the things that make our life enjoyable. Try to stay away from the negativity that we sometimes find ourselves in. Negativity can affect our relationships at work and at home. Research has shown that it affects your health as well. I find it as simple as not watching the news and taking the time to enjoy a sunset or gaze at a full moon. It's the simple things in life that can bring you the greatest joy and happiness.  

    As we near 2020 and begin pondering our New Year's Resolutions, may I suggest a couple? Starting each day listing three things in your life you're grateful for, or just try looking for the good in others and helping one another. For every minute you are angry, you will lose 60 seconds of happiness. 


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