Government Jobs have to Go in Miami
November 29, 2010 Leave a comment
No doubt we are just at the start of the reduction of city employment throughout the country and in region. Unions have resisted salary and benefit reductions, but appear to accept employee layoffs, especially of lower category workers.
The next stage will be to really reduce salaries and benefits on a grand scale and cut back jobs of the better paid management, police and firefighters.
One field that remained strong in the face of the downturn was government work, where 151,000 jobs in September were almost 14% of the county’s total. While construction jobs were declining 41% over three years, government jobs fell 6,500, just 4%, despite governments claiming austerity budgets as they raised taxes — about 15% at Miami-Dade County Hall alone.