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Miami-Dade mayor vetoes restoring union workers' pay, offers compromise

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez struck down Saturday county commissioners’ decision to restore most workers’ pay, forcing a new vote Tuesday on the high-stakes issue.

His veto was expected. But the mayor also offered a potential compromise to commissioners determined to no longer require employees to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare costs.

Gimenez proposed giving one-time bonuses to some of the lowest-paid county workers: $1,500 to employees who make less than $40,000 a year and $1,000 to those who make between $40,000 and $50,000.

“I listened to the commission,” Gimenez told the Miami Herald, referring to the board’s concerns over workers suffering economic hardship. “This way we can give a little bit of relief to our lowest-paid employees and not break the bank.”

He emphasized that restoring all workers’ pay, as the commission voted to do, would be a greater benefit to those on the higher end of the pay scale. An employee making $100,000 a year would get $5,000 back, compared to one making $50,000, who would get $2,500.

Under the mayor’s bonus proposal, an employee making $45,000 a year who pays $2,250 toward the healthcare contribution would get a little less than half of that as a one-time payment. An employee making $20,000 whose contribution is $1,000 a year would get all of that back, plus $500.

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ed jenkins

We thank the great mayor because he is looking out for us taxpayers and not allowing our money to be wasted. However no compromise is necessary, government workers are there to for public service and not for the money so there is no reason for bonuses.

Playing Politricks

public services and public workers are underfunded by the MDC board of commissioners for the sole purpose of being reelected year, after year, after year, after year. Oh yeah and really, really, bad investments. Not raising taxes when property values were at their peak then raising taxes when property values were at their lowest to no value. Silly! MDC board of Commissioners! Tricks are for kids parties!

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