Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Miami-Dade Commissioner Against Paying Union Reps

A commissioner from Miami-Dade County has spoken out against paying full-time union representatives who have been excused from their normal employment responsibilities. From the linked Miami Herald article:
Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, citing a Miami Herald report, has sponsored legislation directing county administrators who must renegotiate union contracts next year to eliminate or reduce the number of exempt employees.
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“Shouldn’t employees that are doing the union work be paid by the union to do their work?” Bovo asked at a commission meeting Monday. “Why does the taxpayer have to front that bill?"
Bovo's actions come after weeks of worry about potential library closures and lay-offs in the Miami-Dade public library system, as well as cuts to the county's fire department. According to the latest update from the city, 169 library workers will lose their jobs while all library branches will remain open, many with reduced hours of operation.

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