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Miami-Dade Police Union To Vote On 3-Year Deal

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MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – The rank and file of Miami-Dade’s police union will cast their ballots Monday on whether to accept a county cost cutting deal which would slash their overtime and incentive pay.

If they vote against it, hundreds of officers could be laid off, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

The county is trying to fill a budget hole $200 million in labor concessions. Under terms of the proposed deal, officers with take home cars would have to pay $50 every two weeks, incentive pay and overtime for court appearances and ten holidays would be slashed and officers would receive paid days off for three other holidays. The county is also seeking $18 million in cuts by having police employees pay more for their health insurance. Currently, police pay five percent of their salary to their health insurance. Mayor Carlos Gimenez wants them to pay 10 percent

The deal, which covers police, corrections and animal services, would save the county approximately $56 million.

If it is not approved, police director Jim Loftus told the paper said up to 200 employees could be pink slipped.

If the deal is approved, it could be ratified by the county commission as early as Tuesday’s meeting.

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