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....
FOP 133 and FOP District 6 Endorse Lubby Navarro for Re-Election as District 7 Board Member

FOP 133 and FOP District 6 Endorse Lubby Navarro for Re-Election as District 7 Board Member

Fop 133 and FOP District 6 is proud to endorse Ms. Lubby Navarro for her re-election to Miami Dade County School Board Member for District 7. Ms. Navarro has been a Miami resident for over 30 years and is a Miami Springs Senior High School graduate. She continued her post-secondary education at F.I.U. and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Ms. Navarro’s impressive public service resume includes over 20 years of service in the Florida State Senate and the Florida House of Representatives as legislative assistant, as an administrative assistant to the School Board Chair and serving in various key administrative positions for the Mayor’s Office of Miami-Dade County. She also serves as an active member of: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary United States Homeland Security Seventh Coast Guard District, Division 6, Flotilla 65 in South Dade (Public Affairs Officer) Ms. Navarro has always been a stark supporter of law enforcement and as such, the men and women of FOP proudly support...
FOP Member’s Daughter Expresses Gratitude for $1,000 FOP State Scholarship

FOP Member’s Daughter Expresses Gratitude for $1,000 FOP State Scholarship

Tiffany Marin, daughter of our brother, Detective Alvin Marin, applied and was selected to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship for college on behalf of the Florida State Fraternal Order of Police. Tiffany expressed her gratitude in a letter addressed to the members of FOP 133.  We are proud to see our members recognized, especially when the recognition comes from the state level. We will continue to grow our membership’s involvement on all levels and we can’t think of a better way to keep the momentum going.  We wish Tiffany all the best on her future career in pediatric...
FOP District 6 Endorses Doctor Lawrence Feldman

FOP District 6 Endorses Doctor Lawrence Feldman

President Palacio and the Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge#133 is proud to announce our endorsement of Dr. Lawrence Feldman for re-election to The Miami-Dade School Board-District 9. Dr. Feldman has always been a proud and vocal supporter of the hard working officers of the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department. As such, the FOP District 6 endorses Dr. Lawrence Feldman knowing full well that his commitment to student safety is a priority within the school...
FRS COLA Snatched Away From Many Future State Retirees

FRS COLA Snatched Away From Many Future State Retirees

The following is an important message from FOP #133 Treasurer/Officer Brian Levy: The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is an annual increase in your Florida Retirement System Pension Plan Benefit which is paid to you after you retire. The increase is implemented each July 1st and is intended to help offset the effects of inflation (increasing prices). It used to be that after we retire, we could expect a 3% increase to our retirement benefit per year. Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore. With the recession as an excuse, in 2011, The Cost of Living Adjustment under The Florida Retirement System was put on hold for five years and was to return July 1, 2016. As a result of this year’s legislative session, we did not get our COLA calculations back based on the wording of the statute below. Florida Statute 121.101 Cost-of-living adjustment of benefits.—subsection 5 reads: (5) Subject to the availability of funding and the Legislature enacting sufficient employer contributions specifically for the purpose of funding the expiration of the cost-of-living adjustment specified in subsection (4), in accordance with s. 14, Art. X of the State Constitution, the cost-of-living adjustment formula provided for in subsection (4) shall expire effective June 30, 2016, and the benefit of each retiree and annuitant shall be adjusted on each July 1 thereafter, as provided in subsection (3). This year, two bills were introduced in both the Florida House and Senate (HB 1011, and SB 1326) to reintroduce the COLA calculations back to the Florida Retirement System members. Both bills died. What does this mean? If you were hired prior to July 1,...
M-Dade School District Praises its Police Officers’ Efforts and Talents With New Contract

M-Dade School District Praises its Police Officers’ Efforts and Talents With New Contract

Last Wednesday, March 9, 2016, marked a momentous occasion for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #133. The contract its members overwhelmingly voted through, was ratified in front of the Miami-Dade County School Board with a unanimous “aye” from the school board members. With 5 of the other 9 FOP board members standing proudly behind president Al Palacio, the robust leader spoke at the School Board meeting to express gratitude and reinforce the common goals and objectives of the FOP Lodge #133 executive board. Palacio clearly emphasized during his opening, “Whenever a workforce is recognized, it is a GREAT day.” Moments later, Palacio continued praising the efforts and talents of the men and women of the M-D Schools Police Department. He reminded everyone in the room how the officers put their lives on the line day in and day out and highlighted how the great work the officers do on a daily basis laid the groundwork for the most fruitful times of their careers. He graciously thanked Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the School Board for their continued support and reiterated that their commitment needs to continue growing in the years to come. In closing, he thanked the labor team for the School Board and thanked his own board members. After Palacio concluded his speech, he stepped back and joined the other executive board members, and together, they all stood and watched in awe as each and every single school board member delivered heartwarming words of support and encouragement for the police officers of M-DSPD.  One FOP executive board member would later describe the school board members’ words as “unprecedented” and “highly...