By Hank Tester

HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Hialeah firefighters flooded city hall Tuesday night for a council meeting crucial for their negations with the city dealing with pay, health care and pensions.

“The effort tonight is to have the council table these issue. Resend the 6 percent pay cuts. Return back to the negation table,” said Eric Johnson.

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The firefighters and the city have been locked in give and take and no progress negations for three and a half years.

Firefighters claim the city wants to cut salaries to help fund the pension and the health care costs. That take it or leave it was up for a city council vote.

“All. You guys here know I don’t get intimidated,” said Mayor Carlos Hernandez.

Hernandez had towed a hard line towards the firefighters. He was able to make a deal with police and city employees. He claims the firefighters want taxes raised to fund the pensions.

But then a surprise.

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“I will set up a meeting as soon as possible and I want all you guys to be here and I mean it,” Hernandez said.

The legislation was tabled.

Hernandez wants to meet with all the firefighters and negotiators simultaneously.

“Yes I will be in the tent all these guys will be in the tent and do negations,” he said.

For the firefighters, it mission accomplished… for now.

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“We are skeptical. But you know what? You prepare for the worst and hope for the best and God willing we will make things work,” Johnson said.