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Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute

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The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.

That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.

The county maintained more than 100 pink slips were possible if the pay was restored because it would create a $56 million hole this year in the county's found and a half-billion dollar day-to-day operating budget.