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Providence Management Asks for Voluntary RN Layoffs

October 26, 2011


Apparently management at Providence St. Joseph suddenly realized Monday morning that they need to ask employees at all of their San Fernando Valley hospitals for voluntary layoffs. They brought a letter to contract negotiations on Tuesday that will be mailed to RNs today.

Though this sudden discovery of fiscal demise goes against all the financial information our Union has uncovered, we went along and tried to figure out what has gone wrong and what management wants done.

Local 121RN: How much does management want to cut from the budget?

Providence: We don’t know.

Local 121RN: How many RNs does management want to reduce from staff?

Providence: We don’t know.

Local 121RN: What is the revenue shortfall for St. Joseph this year?

Providence: We don’t know.

Local 121RN: Will you provide us with your financial statements for the first two quarters of 2011?

Providence: No

Here’s what we know about Providence and St. Joseph year-to-date financials through June 2011:

We’d like to see where Providence’s financials have gone so wrong in light of the information above. We also wonder why they chose to come to negotiations asking for voluntary layoffs, but with no answers to basic questions.

We’re also puzzled over this latest development because Providence has been hiring all year, pays mega-bucks for RN overtime, and still employs Travelers (though they didn’t know how many Travelers are currently working, either).

What’s the missing link here? We’re confused. The only solution we can come up with is that Providence is using the threat of layoffs as a scare tactic to get their way in bargaining. The problem is, we didn’t go into bargaining with huge requests. We asked for maintenance of our current contract and 2 percent yearly raises to partially cover cost-of-living increases. Is Providence REALLY that poor? We bet the Board of Directors has been painted a completely different picture.

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