ISSUES: Mayor Gimenez on Teacher Union Lawsuit

A long-simmering dispute between the United Teachers of Dade and the county’s mayor is coming to a head in the form of a lawsuit filed by the teachers’ union against Mayor Carlos Gimenez. At issue are property-tax collection shortfalls, which are needed for education and teachers’ salaries. The mayor calls this a “frivolous lawsuit” and county lawyers have asked for it to be dismissed — just as the Miami-Dade School Board is considering whether to join this legal action.

Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County