January 5th, 2013

Union Membership for Civilian Police Employees in USA

I'm writing Dexter fanfic, and have reached a part of the story where Dexter (a civilian forensic scientist working for the Miami Police Department) is in danger of losing his job. It occurred to me to wonder if he would be able to ask for help from a union representative.

I know that police officers in the USA are usually members of the local Police Benevolent Association; I've never seen anything to suggest that this covers civilian police employees such as forensic scientists.

Would such employees be PBA members? If not, is there any sort of civilian police employee's association / union, or a general civil service union that covers them?

The nearest equivalents I can find are the Service Employees International Union, but they appear to be into political activism that doesn't feel right for the character or the nature of his employment, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees whose Miami branch appears to be in some sort of legal trouble of its own, and the AFL-CIO, but I get the impression that they are more a negotiating body for salaries etc. Are any of these likely to be involved in an individual employee's problems?

The searches used were Civil Service Union Miami, Public Employee Unions Miami

Common Kentucky phrases?

Hey everyone. In my book, two of the characters are from Kentucky. On a goat farm in Brea, to be more specific. They lived there until they were about eleven, and then they moved to somewhere in California, and are twenty-one when the story takes place. I know that they wouldn't have much of an accent now, but I thought that they would still probably use some common phrases that they grew up with. I've tried many google searches and didn't come up with anything useful.  I have searched for: common kentucky phrases, phrases from kentucky, common sayings in kentucy,  and kentucky colloquialisms. So, my question is:

What would some of those phrases be?

What do said phrases mean?

Are there phrases that are more common for women to say than men? And vice versa?

Are there phrases that have to do with them growing up on a farm?

A/N: I already know about bless your heart; and that it preludes an insult/scathing remark, so no need to mention that one.