Teamster members working in utilities, DPW, road maintenance, office/clerical and facilities management for Hernando County, Florida, have ratified a new agreement. These employees work in both professional and non-professional Hernando County government positions. This is the second contract for the unit which has more than 400 employees.
“Teamsters Local 79 is proud to announce that we reached a full tentative agreement with the Hernando County administration, through the assistance an impasse mediator appointed by PERC (state Public Employees Relations Commission),” said Ken Wood, President of Local 79 and International Vice President. “Both parties reached an agreement on the contract language regarding filling open positions and promotions, based on the concept that when two candidates for the open position are equally qualified, then county seniority shall prevail when awarding the position. The union is thankful for the cooperation of the administration, and their willingness to recognize how important seniority is to the employees, as it ensures fairness in the workplace and helps to stop favoritism.”
Teamsters Local 79 represents 4,000 workers in the freight, parcel, bakery and dairy industries as well as state, city and county governments.