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For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2020
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Manuel Orbis, Jr.

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Acting Chairwoman Sosa advances legislation to provide hazard pay to Jackson Health System nurses and doctors on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic


Miami-Dade County – On December 15, 2020, County Commissioners unanimously approved two legislative items sponsored by Acting Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa aimed at providing a temporary retroactive pay supplement to Jackson Health System employees that work in close contact with COVID-19 patients or those suspected of having the disease.

“The doctors and nurses of our community have shown incredible bravery and dedication to serving others that is truly an inspiration to us all,” said Acting Chairwoman Sosa. “I commend my colleagues for their unanimous support of this hazard pay to those on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. By doing so, we are demonstrating our solidarity and appreciation for the fantastic work they have put in to save lives over the past nine months.”

Acting Chairwoman Sosa proffered two legislative items approving and ratifying separate agreements between Miami-Dade County, the Public Health Trust (PHT), the governing board of the Jackson Health System, and the Committee of Interns and Residents as well as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 1363 (AFSCME) union. This initiative follows previous legislation, also filed by Acting Chairwoman Sosa, directing the PHT to negotiate with the referenced bargaining units for a temporary one percent hazard duty pay supplement for employees assigned to work in close contact with patients that tested positive for or were suspected of having COVID-19.