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Glitch muddles delivery of Jackson Health System layoff notices

Miami Herald, May 6, 2010

Because of a last-minute reversal by executives, about 400 Jackson Health System employees will spend their last day on their jobs May 6—instead of the 511 originally intended. That doesn't mean, however, that 100 jobs have been saved, said Martha Baker, president of the local of the Service Employees International Union. Those notified May 6 will get 21 more days of employment, according to the union contract, Baker said. She said the layoff snafu was caused by management's belated response to her complaint that Jackson had not properly followed the complex bumping process, in which senior employees whose positions are eliminated can bump those with less service and take over their positions, the Miami Herald reports.