In the county there is such a thing as bumping rights. Instead of getting fired or laid off, if you have ever held another position in the county, you can rightfully bump someone out of that spot and still have a job.A number of cops and other county employees were about to get laid off to balance the budget. But, fear not, instead of laying them off, the Airport and Seaport took 30 each of the highest paying maxed-out in pay cops and added them to their tab.
This seems noble enough... Right...? Wrong!!! Because little do people know...that Miami Dade Seaport is looking to privatize a whole department and the County is privatizing other departments as well. LAYOFFS loom! At the bottom of the food chain is Miami Dade Seaport Enforcement Officers. Who are these guys and gals? They are cops without arrest powers or guns. There are a little over 100 of them. So essentially, you have two police forces working at the Port. How does Miami Dade police get away with being there and maxing out on overtime? sneaky little secrets.
To top it off, Just this past week, a Seaport Enforcement Officer was to be laid off...a VETERAN, because he is getting bumped by a cop who was on the list of police officers selected by Mayor Gimenez to get laid off. He once worked at the port as a Seaport Enforcement Officer. Let me explain.
In the county there is such a thing as bumping rights. Instead of getting fired or laid off, if you have ever held another position in the county, you can rightfully bump someone out of that spot and still have a job. Back to the story...The veteran getting laid off….Wait...laid off???? The Port can apparently afford 30 more cops, but not one more Seaport Enforcement Officer.
The follow up:
I have come to find out the whole department is getting laid off, due to privatization. The Port administration has been quietly getting proposals to privatize Port Security. How does this affect everyone? Well, for those people who cruise frequently, consider you were being guarded by a professional enforcement officer making an average of $25.00 an hour, with either 10 years plus in security experience or prior military/law enforcement to a $9 an hour security guard. These $9 guards will be guarding what has been labeled the “Cruise Capital of the World”. This was once the only port in compliance with security standards, it was an exemplary port for others to follow. As the port director said it best...the most secure port... Yet now he wants to fire the whole lot of them?
The port keeps promising all the cruise lines top notch security, little do these companies know in only months to come, the security posture is going from hero’s to zero’s. They were fed all the glorious accolades the port has on security, and in reality, it’s not what will be here when all these new companies come to the port.
I'm all for employing veterans, isn’t the unemployment rate for vets high? Yet here you have veterans working and they are about to get laid off!! Lots of veterans.
The port boasts about creating jobs with this tunnel project. NOT!!! All these jobs created by the tunnel are for companies outside of Florida that were contracted by the Port. We are helping the economy of other States. I'm still having a hard time understanding the mind set. Lets fire hundreds of people that can pay for their mortgage and cars and bills, so that we can hire people that can only afford to pay cell phone bills. How does that help the economy.
There are lots of people that are about to retire from this department, don’t veterans deserve jobs such as these upon their return from deployments? Working for the County where there are benefits. The County doesn’t seem to think so, they would rather give jobs to private companies that don’t offer benefits or job security. Companies, that for the most part, are out of state companies.
The bad part about all this, is how there are people in the current security administration that have jobs lined up with these private security companies that are bidding for the security contract. Dealing with them behind the curtains. For example. There is a supervisor in seaport security that was hired by the county who previously worked for a private security company. Today that same security company is one of five bidding for the contract.
Seaport security isn't the only department getting privatized. There is preconceived notions towards government employees, not all are the same. There are good employees and bad employees everywhere. People deserve to keep their jobs.