I am saddened to say that my prediction regarding Morgan misusing money given to him for deputy raises, has actually proven true. Yesterday, my phone LIT up with ECSO people calling me to let me know they have gotten word they are effectively NOT getting the raises.
Here are a couple of communications I received yesterday:
The administration has not provided any information, to the employees, to help us understand NOT getting the raises we were promised. The raises have been funded but have not been given to the employees. Morgan has proven that he and his administration are “in it to win it” for their own selfish reasons.
We were supposed to get a payout in July, that was pushed til October. The Sheriff is trying to say we will get 3% and then he will decide how to distribute the rest that is best for the deputies… but he will have control over that.
The public has been coming up to the deputies saying they are happy they got their raise, they deserve it. They don’t know the deputies haven’t received it. That’s a good one to get out there now!
To better explain the dynamics a deputy explained the politics going on behind this:
Let me explain the real reason there isn’t a raise being given as promised. Just as always, Eric Haines has got involved in an otherwise simple process. What does that mean for those unfortunate enough to be exposed to poor leadership routinely displayed by Haines? It means that to simply pass on the money given for the employees raise will not happen easily. Haines will use the money waiting to be passed on to employees as a bargaining chip. Haines has decided to use the money to strong arm the union to opening contract negotiations and made the raises a part of the contract negotiation process. This is a clear example of how devious Haines has been through his reign of terror under the Morgan administration. Haines routinely misleads, misguides, misinforms or misdirects what information he distributes. He creates the appearance that he is always the “good guy” and everyone else in any process is causing problems beyond his control. In this case the PBA will be blamed as the “bad guy” by Haines. Haines will hide behind the PBA not being willing to negotiate a contract that would have given a raise to deserving employees.
Truthfully, the PBA should have never entered into any type of contract negotiation relating to pay increase for employees. The pay raises that were negotiated with the BOCC were never contingent upon agreement of PBA agreement. Also, consider how foolish it sounds to even suggest there would be a chance the PBA would argue against all employees receiving a raise. I would never be part of a labor union that would fight against me getting a pay increase. It is laughable that Haines could even suggest that this is a possibility with a straight face. The truth is Haines took advantage of an opportunity. He exploited the weak leadership of PBA. He convinced Lee Tyree, the PBA president, that it would be “stronger” and have “teeth” if it were in the contract. Fact is the compensation topic is in the contract currently and in the Human Resource Rules as well. The contract says that deputies will receive a 3% pay increase every year. The contract states that a 3% increase for salaries will be requested each year when presenting the ECSO budget to the BOCC. Employees went years without getting 3% in pay increases. The contract didn’t have teeth on that issue, so it would be ludicrous to believe it would have teeth now. Haines realizes that Tyree is weak and exploited his spineless leadership. He forced Tyree to place himself in a position to be blamed for employees not getting a raise. Haines can spin the situation that he tried to do the right thing, but PBA caused employees to not get a raise. Haines gets a lump of cash to blow in anyway he sees fit and employees are screwed again without blaming Haines.
One may ask why it is important to Haines to hold hostage the pay raises given by the BOCC and force contract negotiations to be opened. It is easily explained. Having weak PBA leadership was a step in the right direction. This opened the door for Haines to ignore employee rights given by contract and violate laws relating to employee rights. Tyree, being weak and ineffective as a leader, allowed this conduct to blossom without opposition as PBA leader. Partly for self-serving reasons and partly because he lacked experience or the desire to protect wronged employees, Tyree created the almost perfect storm for Haines. The one fact that was in the way of Haines having full control to ruin employees he deems as less than worthy or in his way was the PBA contract. Employees that separated from the ECSO who were willing to call foul on the abusive and often illegal behavior of Morgan and his incompetent administration did have parts of the PBA contract to use as defense in cases being litigated currently. Haines seen the pay raises as an opportunity to finally use Tyree and his incompetent leadership of PBA to his advantage one more time. All the contract details Haines believes interferes with his ability to ruin employees at will could be easily carved out by attaching his wish list to the raises. Employees couldn’t say no to a pay raise and therefore the parts of the contract protecting employees from the sadistic behavior of Haines gone with an affirmative vote of a new and improved contract created by Haines himself. Haines is not hindered if employees try to use the contract for job protection when targeted by him because any of the contract that had teeth was voted out by the employees needing protection. Haines can again claim “not me” I am only following the rules. Meanwhile, Tyree is being paid by membership dues for a job well done for the Morgan administration. Seems a bit unfair if I am being honest.
The real story is Haines is aware of what he is doing, and Tyree is responsible for allowing himself to be placed in a position that only harms the employees. If Haines had any shred of decency in his being, he doesn’t and never has, he would have not taken advantage of a situation and place employees in a situation to choose earning a living wage or stand strong for job protection. Haines should have simply passed the money given for employees pay to the employees for pay increases. This is blatant proof of the dishonorable and pathetic behavior so many have complained about when describing Morgan and his band of maggots. This behavior displays just how devious Haines is when working toward total control and no accountability for corrupt actions. This dedication is what Morgan seeks from those around him and what he has obtained from those still in the cartel he calls staff.
The employees should demand from PBA that the leadership be replaced. Tyree should attempt to achieve some dignity and resign his position in PBA. He should apologize for failing the employees in his miserable attempt to lead PBA and never take another penny for the job of being president of this union. His incompetence has allowed so many honorable employees to suffer and now they stand to be penalized further by not receiving a pay increase they deserve. It is awful to imagine that Tyree is the only paid PBA member and he is the exact reason for this tragic turn of events that will cause only harm to all ECSO employees many of whom pay membership dues to compensate his failed attempt to lead the union tasked with the responsibility to represent them. I could never imagine giving another payment for membership to a union that allows this type of leadership to be compensated with my hard-earned money.
This is the what is happening, in real time. My argument all along during the BOCC budget negotiations was that if Morgan misappropriated money in LET Fund, why on Earth give him more money over and above for ANYTHING? There is no check and balance to make sure he is using the money appropriately.
This seems to have resonated to some commissioners as the Shade Meeting of 2/15/18 pg 38-39 has the following comment referencing this very issue:
COMMISSIONER MAY: Because I want to understand, Mr. Chairman. If we have given them a 3 percent raise since I know that I have been in office and Steve has been in office, why does it go down? I understand he says the cost — I mean, I don’t understand that. I mean, the salaries should have gone up; correct?
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR BROWN: All we can do is look at what they are budgeting, the amount of money that we gave them and what they are reporting to the FDLE.
COMMISSIONER MAY: So the money is going somewhere else…….. Here’s my point, Grover, to what you just said. If we have given raises — every year we have given 3 percent — there is a technical, internal fight that we are having with the Sheriff that we are going to get resolved one way or another through mediation.
There is another whole public fight that is happening that we’re losing, and we have been losing for 24 months, in which the public perceives we are not doing exactly what we should be doing for law enforcement.
So to those of us who see Morgan for what he is and his disregard for his duty to his community and now his deputies, let’s look at his emissary who is touting his connection to PBA (who is a corruptable organization, by letting Haines use them as the sword to cut rights and possibly pay to the deputies it is supposed to protect from such fleecing) and his support of giving Morgan WHATEVER he wanted in the budget talks.
So to recap:
Deputies have NOT received the raises they were supposed to get in the protracted budget “negotiations” that Doug Underhill, Commissioner, seeking re-election, supported FULLY. He also is supported in his candidacy by the supporting the agency (PBA) that is being used to deny those raises unless deputies agree to decreased rights to get said raises.
BOCC gave Morgan millions over the current budget for the purposes of giving his deputies a living wage to make sure they and their families were made whole.
Morgan held raises under the guise of some sort of vote. Still not seeing the problem with that, deputies went along with the promise of the raises coming and reassurances of them being backdated.
Haines convinced PBA president, Lee Tyree, who endorsed Underhill for District 2, (probably in exchange for Underhill supporting the Sheriff’s histrionic bullying for raises he never gave) to open up the entire PBA contract to reduce language which will essentially make it easier for him to bypass the rights of his deputies and rolling it into a omnibus vote. Deputies must accept limited rights in order to get raises. If they choose not to do so, the raises will be fully discretionary by the Sheriff or not given at all.
I would say “I told you so” but I don’t take any pleasure in seeing this come to pass. As I have contended all along, this is the time Chip needs to stand for his deputies or time for him withdraw his filing. Deputies will not allow him to get very far if he tows the Morgan/Haines line in taking advantage of them.
This should show everyone the nefarious alliance with Morgan by anyone (Underhill or Simmons) is a cancer to the community. It is also time for the citizens to force Pam Bondi and Governor Scott to remove this leach from the county without haste. Indictments for misappropriation are easy to prove right now.
*****If you are PRO-LEO, you have to insist Morgan and Haines be held to the same standard any other person who steals $2.1 million (Morgan-LET) and those who lie to the BOCC for the purposes of misleading the county without any intention of providing using the money given for raises to said deputies (Haines) ******