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On eve of vote, dispute between Miami-Dade County, labor unions gets ugly


Mailed packages arrived by the dozens recently at the offices of Miami-Dade County Commissioners Rebeca Sosa and Sally Heyman, so many that Heyman said she had trouble getting through the door.

Inside were rubber beach sandals, hundreds of them, inscribed with handwritten messages.

They weren’t holiday presents. They were flip-flops for perceived flip-floppers.

“Some say ‘traitor,’ ” Sosa said. “I haven’t had the time to read them all.”

That is how nasty the county’s contract disputes have become with employee unions, with another commission vote coming Thursday.

Frustrated workers have been clamoring to have their pay restored as planned, after agreeing four years ago to sacrifice during the economic downturn.

Sosa, the commission chairwoman, and Heyman were targeted for initially supporting and then voting against labor last month.

More here.