Most Miami-Dade County workers may have thought two weeks ago that the odds were good they would soon be taking more money home in their paychecks.
It took a single person to change that Tuesday.
The County Commission came one vote shy of overturning Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s decision to veto restoring union workers’ pay.
As a result, most county and Jackson Health System employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare costs for now, instead of getting that money back as of Jan. 1.
But the impasse with labor unions is not over yet.
Gimenez’s administration must go back to brainstorming how to resolve the contract dispute with 11 bargaining units. Commissioners urged the mayor to find a way to give workers at least some relief, perhaps by shrinking the size of the healthcare contribution.
“Something’s gotta give,” Commissioner Dennis Moss said. “We can’t continue to go through this process.”