That Union Thing

After taking significant pay cuts for the past two years to help Miami balance its budget, city workers may be asked to take 22 furlough days this year. The city has a $54 million budget deficit and furloughing employees would save $19 million. City commissioners have until the end of September to ratify a budget.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association is suing to block the privatization of 18 prison facilities in south Florida. The union does not believe privatization will save the state money, and believes the plan conflicts with existing prison privatization laws.

70 technical, administrative, and clerical employees of the city of Vero Beach have voted to be represented by the Teamsters. Some employees may be worried about the city's possible sale of its public utility departments.

The football lockout has ended. Players and teams have agreed to a new 10-year agreement, ending the 4-month lockout. The regular season will open as scheduled on September 8. Details of the agreement are not yet available.


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