Two Retired Long-Standing Brothers of FOP 133 Reach New Heights

It is always wonderful to see your friends succeed, even more so when they have been brothers in arms. It was the pleasure of our membership at this month’s meeting two have two of our brothers in attendance that have since moved on from this wonderful career. One of them is Brother Rafael Gomez a long-standing member of the FOP and retired Sergeant of this Department. Rafael is currently running for a City of Hialeah Council position. We support Ralph as we know he would surely have the best intentions in issues involving first responders. Ralph has been a resident of the City Hialeah as far back as I can remember and has always wanted the very best for that city. We wish him all the best! Good luck Ralph! Another such visit was from Brother, Imtyaz Dad. Brother Dad retired from this Department over one year ago with twenty plus years in service with the rank of Sergeant. He served as an SRO, FTO and K-9 handler for many years. It was awesome to see Dad at our meeting and to see such a well-respected member of our union want to spend time with his brothers and sisters. A motion was passed at the meeting to make Dad a Member Perpetua, which means Honorary Member for Life. The honor was bestowed on him for many years of loyal service to the Department and the Union and for always being a consummate...

M-DSPD Begins Negotiations With M-DCPS

Miami-Dade Schools Fraternal Order of Police started negotiating the 2017-2018 successor contract on October 19, 2017. Our bargaining team was poised, informed, and ready to go and so was the MDCPS. We exchanged niceties, such as, presenting the Labor Management Division of the MDCPS with a portrait showing them and us together in support for breast cancer research. However, the tension in the room was palpable because of the current temperature on the state level in regards to public schools. It is no secret the House Bill 7069 drastically reduced the amount of money coming to the District, but we feel that our members should and will be compensated in a manner reflective of what we do; secure our most precious resource…children. It is paramount for this District and its customers to realize the job the men and women of the Miami Dade Schools Police Department do on a daily basis; moreover, for the parents of every child in this district to realize how serious we take the fact that they have entrusted the safety of their children to us, day in and day out. As such, it is of the utmost importance that we hold steadfast to how we believe we should be compensated. We are very aware that we will have a long fight in front of us, but we are ready, willing, and able to grip firmly to our proposals knowing they are and will be fair and equitable to all members of this bargaining unit. We will keep you posted as this situation progresses. Till then, take care, be safe, and God Bless you! Al...
F.O.P. 133 1st Annual Picnic a Rousing Success!

F.O.P. 133 1st Annual Picnic a Rousing Success!

In a letter from F.O.P. #133 President Al Palacio to our members and extended families: Brothers and Sisters: I hope and trust that you had a great weekend with your families. We had a very good time this past Saturday at the picnic. We had bounce houses, a wave slide, face painting, drinks, food galore, volleyball, softball, a DJ, and raffles.   We had 220 + people show up to the festivities, including members of the command staff and newly elected Board Member, Maritere Rojas whom thanked us publicly for our support during her campaign. I hope that in the future we can see more of you there to enjoy your company as well. It was really a great time together!   Al Palacio President F.O.P. #133 ===================== Shorty’s Barbeque catered this awesome event with enough delicious ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and much more side dishes to feed an army! Even after stuffing ourselves there were plenty of leftovers for those wanting to satisfy their Shorty’s cravings. The highlight of the picnic came in the last hour when the 7 winners for our yearly raffle were announced by an emcee who sounded much like a top-notch game show announcer…Al Palacio! Here’s a list of the prizes: (2) 40″ LED TV’s $150 Cash $100 Cash Another $100 Cash (2) High Quality Home Improvement Tool Kits We look forward to next year’s event. It promises to be spectacular. We’ll see you...
Superintendent Carvalho Recognized by White House

Superintendent Carvalho Recognized by White House

This month (November/2016), the White House recognized Miami-Dade County Public Schools district as one of the 30 leaders across the nation in personalized learning and innovation. In the presence of representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the White House domestic Policy Council, Carvalho explained in detail how the district’s iPrep Academy and iPrep Math are helping to shape the future of highly successful academics through technology and personalized training. Congratulations go out to Carvalho, the district and our teachers for steadfastly staying true to their vision of success for all students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and for helping to pave the way for students across the nation. Way to go, students,...
Florida State F.O.P. Withdraws Support for David Rivera

Florida State F.O.P. Withdraws Support for David Rivera

The Fraternal Order of Police District 6 issued a statement late Tuesday saying it “emphatically and unequivocally withdraws our endorsement of David Rivera for State Rep., District 118.” Rivera appeared to be pinning his hopes on winning the election by accusing his opponent of crimes and wrongdoing. Rivera’s campaign and his supporting political action committee have been running “robo” calls aimed at discrediting his democratic opponent Robert Asencio through unsubstantiated accusations. They also recently sent out accusatory emails endorsed by Rivera to almost all Miami-Dade County Public Schools district personnel, causing several high-ranking school administrators to raise their eyebrows and demand an inquiry into the false allegations against Asencio. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Public Information Officer later issued an official statement saying all accusations against Asencio were false. “Rivera was asked whether or not he supported or disavowed the allegations against Asencio during a Kendall Homeowner’s Association meeting and debate two weeks ago. He repeatedly refused to give a valid answer and would not say if he did or didn’t take part in the allegations,” said an F.O.P Lodge 133 Executive Board Member who attended the meeting. “A week later, he sent the defamatory email to Miami-Dade School’s teachers and administrators with his endorsement at the bottom of the email, calling Asencio a child abuser, among other things. The board member continued, “He (Rivera) seems desperate to win the election at any cost even if it means allowing his campaign to conjure up whatever stories they can come up with.”  The problem is; the State F.O.P. endorsed him, then he turned around and began a libelous smear campaign against...
FOP 133 Reaches a Tentative Agreement With the Miami Dade County Public School System

FOP 133 Reaches a Tentative Agreement With the Miami Dade County Public School System

Today, after a hard day of negotiations between members of the school district and the FOP, our negotiating team secured a tentative agreement to be voted on, October 4, 2016 by the membership. If passed, the vote will be ratified the day after, on Wednesday the 5th at the next School Board meeting. We look forward to continue to secure fair and equitable contracts for our members faster than we have in the past. This contract, if ratified, becomes historic in that it was secured faster and more efficiently than ever before. I would like to thank all of those whom participated in this process. Our promise is to continue bringing our membership forward to where they deserve. “Onward and Upward!” Al Palacio President, F.O.P....