North Miami Beach Police Facing Layoffs

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL &#8211 Unable to come to a contract agreement with its police union, the city of North Miami Beach, Florida is laying off 17 officers, 15% of its force. Both sides blame the other for the failure to reach a compromise.

Union President Mike Pons said he offered over $600,000 in cuts earlier this year plus a 10 percent cut in officer pay and benefits, but said the city wants them to cut another 20 percent in pay and benefits.

“A 30 percent pay cut in less than a year, it’s ridiculous,” he said. It’s just not reasonable, it just doesn’t make sense.”

City Manager Lyndon Bonner said the union made no offers at the bargaining table that would reduce officers’ base pay.