After bad decision to lay off workers, cut services
Just days after Salud Para La Gente workers protected services and jobs from budget cuts, the CEO who recommended the cuts resigned his position.
The non-profit that provides health care services for low-income families in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties announced on Dec. 5 that Dr. Zettie Page is stepping down as chief executive officer of Salud Para La Gente.
Dr. Page and the board of directors claimed a $200,000 monthly shortfall would force them to lay off 10 frontline dental service workers and close the Elderday program, which provides about 100 seniors with medical services and meals.
But nearly 200 Salud Para La Gente workers and supporters protected vital services by filling the board of directors Nov. 26 meeting and successfully halting layoffs and the closure of Elderday.
Workers and community members held a candlelight vigil for services outside the meeting while leaders addressed the board inside, calling for more transparency on why services must be cut.
Workers will collaborate with the Board to find budget solutions instead of layoffs and closures. Our goal of financial transparency and accountability remains. Our main concern continues to be improving patient care and efficiency and generating revenue through a partnership with the Board and interim CEO Dori Rose Inda, who has been a valuable advocate for patients and workers during her time on the Board.
“We look forward to working in collaboration with Salud Para La Gente to find budget solutions that will protect and improve patient services.”
— Matt Nathanson, SEIU Local 521 Regional Vice President
In the media:
Salud’s top executive resigns, Monterey Herald