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County: Cut Miami-Dade workers' salaries to increase take-home pay


Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration has come up with a new possible compromise to end an unpopular healthcare contribution required from most Miami-Dade County and Jackson Health System workers.

But employees still wouldn’t be getting their full paychecks.

Their take-home pay would go up slightly. Yet their wages would get cut across the board.

It sounds counter-intuitive, slashing salaries to bump up workers’ pay. But the math adds up, the county says, because shrinking wages would result in overtime and fringe-benefit savings.

Right now, most workers contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare costs. Under the latest proposal, that direct contribution would go away. Instead, the county would reduce salaries by 3.5 percent, amounting to a 1.5 percent increase in employees’ take-home pay.

That’s where the rub lies for labor unions. In the past, they have opposed plans that would lower salaries and result in smaller pension payouts for some employees.

More here.