The following is a summary of some of the concessions the Mayor is asking for:
· Eliminate binding disciplinary appeals
· Restrict your ability to vote
· Eliminate body scans from physicals
· Eliminate the requirement for the department to fill promotional vacancies within 3 pay periods
· Eliminate holiday pay except for New Year’s
· Place caps on sick leave payout
· Acting rank pay only if in acting rank for 40 hours
· Eliminate requirement that the Department cannot alter schedules to avoid paying overtime
· Eliminate longevity bonus
· 10% reduction of base pay
· Eliminate hazardous duty pay ($125 biweekly)
· Eliminate non-sworn specialty pay supplement ($80 biweekly)
· Eliminate FDLE supplement (4%)
· Eliminate first responder supplement (5%)
· Eliminate night differential (5%)
· Eliminate requirement that transfers cannot be used as discipline
· Eliminate performance evaluation appeals
· Eliminate flex pay
· Eliminate non-job basis status for lieutenants
The Mayor also wants random drug testing. The entire proposal seems more retaliatory than anything else and they could not provide any cost savings or analysis on the vast majority of the proposals they submitted. The County was quick to threaten and reiterated that the Mayor WILL present a balanced budget and will not recommend raising the millage. We know for some of you the above may come close to losing almost half your pay.
Here is a letter from one policeman describing his experience:
Hello President Rivera,
I first want to thank you for fighting so hard for us and I know we have a long and hard battle ahead of us. I am so tired of the mayor making false claims or not having to justify his deceptive words and actions. He does not seem to care if he says one thing and does another and it appears that no one can hold him accountable. Look at what he did with the vote for the "no kill shelter" and there is no recourse for his outright deception! Could we please publicly ask the question as to why the economy is recovering and rebounding with most other police agencies and governments doing the same, yet regrettably, Miami-Dade County can't seem to manage its budget in a way that we are recovering too.
The situation just keeps getting worse and worse every year. Could it be the mismanagement by the mayor and the numerous Department Directors and Deputy Mayors he has hired on the down low for hundreds of thousands of dollars per employee each a year. Can we audit them to find out what the problem is??? It just does not make mathematical sense that we have less employees (via vacancy eliminations, almost no academy classes and retirements) than we did years ago (even when the economy was doing worse than in is now) and we still have such a huge deficient. Where is the money???
And how can the economy be rebounding and growing but we are still in despair and facing the worse cuts and layoffs in the 22 years that I have been a cop? Obviously someone is not doing their job and should not be re-elected if we are still in such bad shape. And all this after we have already given up so much! Furlough days for the civilians who make the least money, no holidays, overtime, night diff cuts, paying thousands for insurance supplements and paying for the most ratty and unsafe cars I have ever seen! Our cars are an embarrassment and unsafe. I would love to know how many of our fleet have over 100,000 miles. We used to have safety standards for our vehicles and their maintenance and they just keep lowering the standards, even if it means putting our officers at more risk.
In past years, I do believe that it was necessary for us to cut back and make sacrifices in order to facilitate a recovery; however, there is no longer evidence that those sacrifices are still necessary. I am personally worried about the safety and well being of the 400 plus sworn employees that are faced with losing their jobs and the many more who are faced with getting demoted at the cold hands of the mayor. It is a horrible and potentially deadly situation when officers are sent out there to do their jobs and their heads are not fully in the game because of the extreme stress caused by the impending job losses.
In November of 2010, our Career Criminal Unit was disbanded because of budget cuts and that Unit now became just one squad. I will never get over losing Roger and Amanda, as I am sure their families wont either. No matter what happens, I pray that the mayor does the right thing and stops this vendetta against those who proudly wear the "Brown Gown" and still serve the community faithfully. Thank you for your time and for your dedication.