Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The City of Miami with its own "Financial Urgency"

Miami city commissioners met in a lengthy executive session at City Hall Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to avoid unilaterally cutting union contracts – their fallback position if they don’t get deep-enough concessions to balance the city’s sinking budget.

Meanwhile, across town at the Little Havana headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Police, nearly half of its 900 members voted to support a petition recall of Miami Mayor Tom├ís Regalado. They oppose the mayor’s plan to plug a $61 million budget hole with givebacks from most of the city’s 4,100 employees.

-from this morning's Miami Herald.

Is it too late to point out the conflict-of-interest where a labor union for public employees organizes a recall to remove the city officials with which it is negotiating salaries?

(Not a government, then, "of the people, by the people, and for the people," but one "of the public employees, by the public employees, and for the public employees, except in the matter of government revenue, which remains of the people." Now I understand.)

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