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.READ MORE: Condo Reform Measure Introduced During Florida Special Session On Property Insurance
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.READ MORE: Broward Dive Rescue Teams Come Together To Recover, Investigate Sunken Vehicles From Deerfield Beach Lake
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.MORE NEWS: Judge: Surfside Collapse Property Owners Bumped Up To $96M
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.