MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami City Commission was scheduled to hold a special meeting to decide the fate of the police union contract as the city closes a $62 million budget hole.

But, just before the meeting was supposed to start, the meeting was cancelled as negotiations between the city and the police union were improving.

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The only union that continues to holdout against any changes is the Miami Police Department union. City leaders want the police union to agree to slash $12 million from the department.

The city has agreed to cuts with the sanitation, general employees, and the fire union. That leaves the police union as the lone stumbling block.

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The majority of the police cuts would be from eliminating pay supplements, three paid holidays, and special night shift pay from the roughly 1,000 union members. An additional $5 million would come from not purchasing new police cars and forcing members to pay for physicals and new uniforms.

The police union will have a hard time trying to win the battle with the city. Just like last year, the city has declared a financial urgency. This means commissioners can impose union contract cuts, regardless of the union’s position.

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