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Volusia County approves a three-year bargaining agreement with Beach Safety Union.

Wed, Dec 15, 2021 at 10:20AM

Written by Anthony Bicy

Belden Communications News



Volusia County and the union representatives for County beach safety specialists, senior lifeguards, and lifeguard supervisors, have agreed on a new, three-year contract.

According to a release, the Volusia County Council approved an agreement Tuesday with the International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, featuring pay raises and a new retention bonus program for covered employees. Both sides of the bargaining table seemed equally pleased with the new agreement, which employees covered by the union ratified on a vote of 40-3, before bringing the agreement to council.

County Councilmembers approved a similar contract with the Corrections union last month.

“A lot of hard work has gone into reaching this agreement,” Beach Safety Director Andy Ethridge told the council. “In a time when many law enforcement agencies across the nation are struggling to fill their ranks, I am happy to stand here today and tell you that it looks like going into the summer season, all of our full-time positions will be fully staffed. This contract is going to go a long way in helping me maintain that status.”

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