Contract Services

The PBA provides a team of highly seasoned professionals to represent your interests at the collective bargaining table. Our negotiators have vast experience and expertise in every aspect of labor agreements, from pay comparisons to pension benefits, and we use this expertise to win you the best benefits package possible.

Do you want the PBA to bargain for you? All you have to do is follow these 5 steps…

Step 1 – “Showing of Interest by you and your fellow officers”
At least 30% of the officers at your agency must sign “authorization for representation” forms, commonly called “Blue Cards,” asking the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC), the governing body for collective bargaining, to hold an election.

Step 2 – PBA files a “Representation-Certification Petition”
Once a sufficient number of Blue Cards have been collected, PBA attorneys file a petition with PERC requesting an election. PERC verifies the signatures on the Blue Cards and moves the process forward to election day.

Step 3 – “Secret Ballot Election”
Elections come in two forms: 1) on-site; 2) mail ballot. Either way the election is conducted in a confidential manner with PERC officials performing the ballot counts.

Step 4 – “Who wins?”
The winner is decided from the tally of the ballots cast and the organization with at least 50% plus one of the votes is the winner.

Step 5 – “Negotiations start”
After the winner is certified, officially 15 days after the election, a PBA team consisting of officers from your agency, a PBA attorney and another PBA negotiator schedule meetings with management to begin the process of writing a professional contract that improves your pay, benefits and other workplace conditions.


PBA maintains a professional staff of lobbyists to aid in obtaining legislation beneficial to law enforcement and corrections officers and support personnel.


PBA Provides full-time in-house and retained attorneys and staff representatives to handle your discipline cases, as well as your de-certification cases before the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.


PBA provides an attorney if you are named as a defendant in any civil or criminal action arising out of the scope of your duties as a law enforcement officer.


This program provides, free to members, a death benefit of up to $50,000 and a catastrophic injury benefit of up to $30,000 to the member, spouse or dependent children when the member is killed or suffers a catastrophic injury in the line of duty.


A legal duty officer is available 24 hours a day, for duty-related legal needs. PBA provides an attorney to represent you at the scene of an on-duty shooting or serious injury.

Contract Team

Al Shopp

Director of Business and Services

James Baiardi

Director of Operations for Corrections

Jim Diamond

WCF Dir. of Operations

David Sass

Field Operations Rep.

Mike Morris

Field Operations Rep.

Alan Miller

Field Operations Rep.

George Corwine

Field Operations Rep. / Negotiator

North Central Florida Chapter

Stephen Zelonka

Field Operations Rep.

Join Florida PBA Today

Florida Police Benevolent Association membership is open to all certified law enforcement and corrections officers regardless of race, creed, sex or national origin. The Association is made up of semi-autonomous charters formed on a county-wide or regional basis, and local or statewide chapters.