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.