JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has learned every single JSO police and corrections officer may be facing a retroactive pay cut.
The ongoing battle between the city and the police union grew even more heated Wednesday. FOP President Nelson Cuba argued against a proposal that would force current police officers on the job in 2009 and 2010 to pay back money they already earned.
"That's going to be ludicrous to do that because if you think about it we have all filed our income taxes and everything else based on income that we made back then," Cuba said.
Cuba said the retroactive pay cut would hurt officers with seven to 17 years on the force the hardest, in some cases to the tune of $10,000.
"Depending on where you're at in the scale and how many years you have in and the step plan in all that and everything else, some folks will be taking a 17 percent pay cuts," he explained.
The City of Jacksonville's labor attorney said that's just one option on the table in the labor dispute that is currently being heard by a special magistrate who will issue his ruling in mid-October.
In the meantime, Sheriff John Rutherford is urging the union to cooperate. "We've got to do our part now, which is why I"m encouraging the rank and file to step up," Rutherford said.
Rutherford is still trying to balance his department's budget, which depends on 2 percent pay cut to police officers in this fiscal year.
First Coast News