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

@dchangmiami

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.

--DANIEL CHANG

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

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