Court of Appeals Rules: City of Gainesville Will Have to Pay
They are going to have to pay.
Three years after Gainesville City Commissioners voted to spend less on the health benefits of retired city employees, an appeals court says they did the wrong thing.
In a ruling handed down today, the First District Court of Appeal said the employees had a right to bargain for changes to health insurance contributions.
In July 2008 City Commissioners voted to save $750 thousand dollars by contributing less to the health plan for retirees. Union leaders appealed to the Public Employees Relations Commission, saying the city should have at least tried to negotiate with them first.
But PERC found in favor of the City. A decision the appeals court threw out today.
Now the City of Gainesville will have to pay the difference in health benefits for retired employees affected by that decision.
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