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Jackson hospital board approves employee pay bonus


Employees of Jackson Health System are closer to getting a 2 percent performance bonus after the trustees who oversee Miami-Dade’s public hospital network approved on Thursday a new deal with the labor unions.

Members of the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson met in special session and voted 4-1 for the agreement, which will require final approval from Miami-Dade commissioners, who meet next on March 4.

Trustees approved the pay bonus for Jackson’s nearly 10,000 employees following an hour-long, spirited debate over the hospital system’s still-precarious financial condition, the best use of public dollars and the most effective way to inspire employee morale and trust in management.

In total, the pay bonus, called a “gain-sharing’’ payment because Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya said he promised employees a “share” of any profit or budget surplus, will amount to about $10.8 million, or 1.67 percent of payroll for the year that ended Sept. 30.

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