The Teamster members filed a motion to intervene, becoming parties to a lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association and a coalition of public sector unions.
The lawsuit contends that the contribution requirement for state and local government employees is a breach of contract with existing employees and impacts their right to collectively bargain.
Steve Helmer and Michael Agostinis, members of Teamsters Local 385 in Orlando, signed on to the lawsuit.
Sgt. Steve Helmer, who has worked for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, joined the legal action because:
My retirement was fully funded. Now the state is taking money from my salary to fund its obligations under the plan. I’m at the end of my career, but I’m joining this lawsuit for the younger guys. This is not what we were promised.In May,
Included in the bills Scott vetoed were programs for homeless veterans, meals for poor seniors, cancer research and a children’s hospital. No wonder Scott has a 27 percent approval rating, the lowest of any governor in the nation. He’s even less popular than
Michael Agostinis, a deputy sheriff with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, is concerned about the impact of this change to the retirement system during hard economic times.
When I was hired I understood that I would not make a lot of money, but would get a pension that would compensate in return for the low pay. I was entering into a career in public service and enforcing the law when broken. Well, a law has been broken and our constitutional rights have been violated to make up for the state budget woes that we did not cause. It is absurd that they are attacking public employees.Absurd, indeed.