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Florida City Manager Has Ability To Invoke ‘Financial Urgency’ Law

Florida has a “Financial Urgency” statute that allows a public employer to initiate an expedited meet-and-confer process over changes to a collective bargaining agreement. When Miami’s city manager declared a “financial urgency,” the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents the City’s police officers, sought a declaration from a trial court that under Florida law, only Miami’s City Commission (the equivalent of a city council) had the authority to…

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