DALLAS (CBS 11) – Parkland Hospital is raising the minimum wage for their workers to $10.25 an hour. The plan, which was recommended by the hospitals board members will take effect July 1.

“With this move that Parkland has made there will be no Dallas county employee making less than $10.25 an hour,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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County and hospital officials said the increase in minimum wage was due to their opinion that $10.25 is a fair and reasonable wage that someone can live off. They said it will also afford employees the opportunity to seek better health benefits for themselves and their families at a fair cost.

Louise Sedberry has worked at Parkland with the Environmental Services department for two years. She currently makes about $8.60 an hour and will soon see more dollars in her pay check. She told CBS 11 News that the increase in pay caught her by surprise.

“I thought it was a joke. I thought they were playing with me,” said Sedberry.

Some 230 employees will benefit from the minimum wage increase. It will cost the hospital a reported $350,000 extra a year and it’s paid for using money previously allocated as incentive pay for top level executives at Parkland.

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Brittany Florence, who also makes minimum wage and works for the hospitals Environmental Services department summed up her satisfaction about the raise saying, “Hard work always pays off.”

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