Dear Colleagues,

On August 30, the voters of Jacksonville empowered us to solve one of the biggest issues in Jacksonville’s history. An overwhelming majority voted yes on County Referendum #1, affording us the opportunity to solve our $2.7 billion pension crisis. The voters recognized that annual pension costs, approaching $300 million a year, are unsustainable.
 
It is now up to us to see this through and solve this problem once and for all. I have empowered my team of negotiators to propose a solution that will put this issue behind us. That proposal is consistent with the principles that I believe and that I have emphasized over the last year. These principles include:
 

  • A recognition that employees haven’t been fairly compensated, taken pay cuts and haven’t had raises. My offer will reflect my commitment to City employees and the value of their contributions.
  • My offer will include new plans for new employees that solve this problem once and for all. These plans are sustainable, market-driven, value new employees, attract and retain new employees and are consistent with what hard working citizens would expect.
  • New plans must put our financial future in our hands, under our control.


I look forward to solving this problem with you and making sure Jacksonville has a bright and prosperous future. Please know I am absolutely committed to a solution that ensures this does not happen again.
 


Mayor Lenny Curry

 

Collective Bargaining Timeline

  • Nov. 1, 2016 - City held collective bargaining sessions with LIUNA & JSA.
  • Nov. 3, 2016 - City held collective bargaining sessions with CWA & AFSCME.
  • Nov. 4, 2016 - City held collective bargaining sessions with IAFF & FOP.
  • Nov. 22, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with IAFF.
  • Nov. 23, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with FOP.
  • Nov. 29, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with JSA.
  • Dec. 8, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with LIUNA.
  • Dec. 13, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with CWA.
  • Dec. 21, 2016 - City held collective bargaining session with AFSCME.
  • Jan. 11, 2017 - City held collective bargaining sessions with IAFF & FOP.
  • Jan. 12, 2017 - City held collective bargaining session with AFSCME.
  • Jan. 25, 2017 - City held collective bargaining sessions with IAFF & FOP.
  • Jan. 26, 2017 - City held collective bargaining sessions with JSA & LIUNA.
  • Jan. 31, 2017 - City held collective bargaining session with CWA.
  • Feb. 6, 2017 - City held collective bargaining session with FOP.
  • Feb. 8, 2017 - City held collective bargaining session with IAFF.
  • Feb. 10, 2017 - City held collective bargaining session with CWA.
  • Feb. 13, 2017 - FOP & IAFF leadership reached a tentative deal with the City in collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Feb. 23, 2017 - FOP membership approved the mayor's collective bargaining proposal. Officers, sergeants and bailiffs voted 64.52 percent for and 35.5 percent against. Lieutenants and Captains voted 81.39 percent for and 18.61 percent against.
  • March 13, 2017 - Corrections Officers approved the pension deal. Officers voted 87.53 percent for and 12.16 percent against. Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains voted 88.8 percent for and 11.2 percent against.
  • March 14, 2017 - IAFF membership approved the mayor's proposal. Firefighters voted 77 percent for and 23 percent against. Chief officers voted 86 percent for and 14 percent against.
  • March 15, 2017 - General Counsel Jason Gabriel determined that, upon review, Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund Board approval of the collective bargaining proposals is not necessary.
  • March 16, 2017 - IBEW and LIUNA membership rejected a collective bargaining proposal from JEA.
  • March 21, 2017 - JEA reached a tentative agreement with LIUNA and IBEW unions. Membership to vote on March 23 & 24. 

Collective Bargaining Updates For Employee Unions

Jacksonville Supervisors Association (JSA)
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - JSO Officers
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - Corrections Officers