Miami Declares Financial Urgency; Will Look To Unions For Cuts

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami City Manager Johnny Martinez declared a financial urgency late Monday afternoon.

The move comes as Mayor Tomas Regalado is fighting off calls by union leaders for him to be recalled.

Martinez’s declaration is a sign that he wants to renegotiate the union contracts with the police and fire fighters. Regalado has said in the past that the union contracts are adding to the city’s fiscal woes.

Martinez said that a collective bargaining team will contact the representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 20, AFSCME Local 1907, AFSCME Local 871, and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 587 to begin negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

If the unions don’t agree to deep cuts to their contracts, the financial urgency declaration will allow the Miami City Commission to make unilateral cuts to fill a $61 million budget hole in 2012.

According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, the city invoked the same declaration last year and chopped off $80 million out of union contracts.

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