SEIU Sues Jackson Health, CEO Carlos Migoya For Public Records

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Service Employees International Union Local 1991 has sued Miami's Jackson Health System and CEO Carlos Migoya over public record requests about hospital business, according to a South Florida Business Journal report.

The union is asking Jackson to comply with a request for public records dating back to April 2010 and up to August, saying it needs the information to bargain on behalf of members, according to the report. It specifically wants records on the hospital's use of nursing agencies, overtime usage by unit, Public Health Trust audits and tax returns, a copy of all consulting contracts exceeding $50,000 and the system's strategic plan.

Jackson Health spokesperson Ed O'Dell did not comment on the lawsuit, but said transparency is "a hallmark of this administration" and that Jackson "believes strongly in laws governing public records," according to the report.

This is the latest scuffle between the health system and union. The SEIU held rallies and purchased newspaper ads in opposition to Jackson's request for proposals to privatize its emergency room services last month, according to the report. The two were also at odds over proposed layoffs at Jackson, salary reductions and the system's contract with University of Miami for physician services earlier this summer.

In addition to the health system and Mr. Migoya, SEIU Local 1991 has also sued the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County.

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