April 7, 2015
Walter Headley Jr., et al. v. City of Miami
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The City of Miami cut police pay and retirement benefits, unilaterally changing the terms
of a collective bargaining agreement. The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents
Miami police officers in collective bargaining, filed an unfair labor practice charge
against the City. The Public Employees Relations Commission agreed with the City that
its actions were legal under a state law dealing with financial emergencies. The First
District Court of Appeal upheld that finding. The police union appealed, arguing the city
failed to meet the legal standards for triggering unilateral changes.