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Is Sheriff Lamberti's union support eroding?

It was a straight-up deal cut last year between Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti and the Police Benevolent Association: Lamberti would offer a favorable contract which included raises up to 12 percent and the union would endorse the Republican.

But now, that relationship appears to be crumbling. The union and BSO are back at the table this afternoon, according to a PBA source.

Lamberti asked the PBA to delay a portion of the pay raise -- a 2 percent hike.

"Originally we told him we could support that,'' said PBA president Patrick Hanrahan.

But then other issues -- including about shift schedules, tuition reimbursement and holiday pay -- surfaced. When it was time for the union to vote on delaying part of their pay increase, members voted it down in October.

The PBA told Lamberti that the pay raise "is in the contract. You have to give it to us,'' Hanrahan said. Lamberti's response, according to Hanrahan: "He said he did not budget for it."

BSO sent the union a letter in November declaring financial urgency. We are trying to get a copy of that letter and BSO's side.

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