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SEIU visits Miami lawmaker's office over Jackson hospital legislation

@dchangmiami

Florida Rep. Michael Bileca, a Miami Republican, received a visit Thursday from members of the labor union representing physicians, nurses and other health care professionals at Jackson Health System, the county’s public hospital network.

SEIU 1991 representatives said they want Bileca, who also is a member of the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson, to take a stand against a bill before the Florida Legislature that would strip authority from Miami-Dade County commissioners to approve labor contracts at the taxpayer-funded safety net hospital.

The county, the hospital system, the Public Health Trust and the labor union all opposed the measure when it was proposed this month. SEIU 1991 recently negotiated a one-time, 2 percent pay bonus for employees, a deal that was ratified by the county commission.

Bileca was not at his office on North Kendall Drive to meet with union representatives on Thursday afternoon. He also missed Thursday morning’s meeting of Jackson’s board, which started more than one hour late due to a lack of quorum.

Bileca could not be reached on his cell phone for comment.

--DANIEL CHANG

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