Miami Cops Answer Request For Budget Cutbacks: We Want More Money!

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The City of Miami is at odds with its police union over contract changes made by the city to deal with its recent budget emergency. After struggling to close a $105 million budget deficit, the city declared “Financial Urgency”, a little-used state law that allowed administrators to alter the contract with city unions for one year.

The unions representing police, firefighters and other government employees sued immediately, saying the city did not have the right to modify pension payouts, which was the primary focus of the cuts. City managers capped pensions at $100,000 per year and changed the payout formula to take into account the last three years of employment instead of only the final year, which was usually padded with heavy overtime pay. The move saved about $80 million.

The case is being heard by the Public Employees Relations Council. City Manager Carlos Migoya claims that his efforts to reach out and alter the city’s contacts with the police union went nowhere, and that the city had no choice other than to make the cuts. Migoya said that the union argued for raising taxes, fees and fines on residents to help close the gap.

The police union’s local president, Sgt. Armando Aquilar admitted that the city attempted to negotiate a compromise, but the union didn’t offer any counterproposals. Instead of agreeing to cuts, Migoya said that the union asked for pay raises and more pension payouts.

The Miami Herald

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