"The court's decision saying the mayor can't veto the commission ruling on a impasse in Union Contracts, I fully expected that result. How can Mayor Gimenez be party to an impasse under collective bargaining laws and veto what the Board does? It is clearly a Quasi-judicial decision of the Board of Commissioners."
This is a win for County Employees. Struck down was the Mayor's power to veto stand-offs in union contracts. As I write, I think there are about 4 union contract negotiations in the works.
County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava of District 8 said:
"The decision upholds the separation of powers doctrine where executive is separate from judiciary. It upholds rights of employees to due process. "
Siding unanimously with the Police Benevolent Association by refusing to hear the County's appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida stripped Mayor Gimenez' power to veto. Big win for unions. According to Doug Hanks of the Miami Herald:
Decision means unions need 7 votes to approve contracts not 9.
Union lawyers argued Florida law only gives the legislative branch authority to resolve impasses between unions and the administration of a local government. The First District Court of Appeal agreed in a February decision, and this week the state’s highest court declined to review the case.
“The impact of this ruling will be felt statewide as it dictates the procedures for fair resolution of labor disputes and guards against the abuse of power,” said John Rivera, president of the local Police Benevolent Association, which is the county’s police union. “It’s not only a win for Miami-Dade County employees, it’s a win for all employees across the state.”Did we the taxpayers pay for this lawsuit? Do we have to pay the PBA costs? Why Did the county fight this lawsuit in the first place and then appeal it twice?