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Collective Bargaining and Job Benefits in Florida Municipal Police Agencies, 2000-2009

Doerner, William M. and Doerner, William G. (2011): Collective Bargaining and Job Benefits in Florida Municipal Police Agencies, 2000-2009. Published in: American Journal of Criminal Justice , Vol. 4, No. 38 (2013): pp. 657-677.

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Abstract

While a recent analysis of unionization among Florida county sheriff deputies was informative, that study failed to provide a comprehensive picture of all law enforcement unionization activity in that state. More specifically, county sheriff offices account for only 20% of all local law enforcement agencies in the state, represent approximately half the sworn personnel in Florida, and have only been engaged in collective bargaining for the past ten years. As a result, the present study incorporates municipal police agencies, a hitherto neglected portion of the Florida law enforcement community, in an effort to gain a fuller understanding of how unionization influences salaries and other job conditions. The results underscore the importance of adopting a broader orientation to understand the progression of collective bargaining objectives.

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