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Miami-Dade commission signs off on bonus for Jackson hospital workers


Jackson Health System employees should see a 2 percent bonus in their paychecks in about two weeks after Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday approved a series of contracts with labor unions representing workers at the county’s public hospital network.

In total, the pay bonus, called a “gain-sharing” payment because Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya promised employees a “share” of any profit or budget surplus in 2013, will amount to about $10.8 million, or 1.67 percent of payroll for the year that ended Sept. 30.

Miami-Dade commissioners approved the contracts without discussion by a 12-1 margin, with Commissioner Juan C. Zapata. casting the sole dissenting vote.

Barring a veto by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in the next 10 days, most of Jackson’s nearly 10,000 employees should see the payment in their April 4 checks, Migoya said.

He added that the one-time payment is in lieu of employee raises in 2014, which will mark the fourth consecutive year that Jackson employees have not received a pay increase.

All regular full- and part-time employees hired before April 1, 2013, will be eligible for the bonus, which is based on last year’s financial performance, during which Jackson posted a $62 million surplus on an operating budget of about $1.5 billion.

The 2 percent payment will be in addition to the 5 percent of base pay that Jackson workers were paying toward group healthcare costs but will no longer have to contribute.


This post has been updated to correct the fact that it was Zapata who cast the dissenting vote.


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The original agreement was for 3 percent which seems a little bit more reasonable being that the employees in the last 4 years, received no pay raise, had to give 5% of their previously negotiated contract back, toward health care, in addition to what they pay normally for health care, plus they had to add 3% to their retirement, above previous negotiations. So employees were giving back 8%, while not getting any raises in 4 years. Then the Mayor thought that taking the 5% and stopping to take it, and 3% gain sharing was too much. So they went back and lowered it to 2% gain sharing. In the meantime the hospital staff has been decreased drastically. I don't mind efficiency but when I am a patient a little bit of redundancy can go a long way in keeping me healthy.

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