KMC Updates – June 6

Did you miss the tele-town hall?

If you missed the tele-town hall last night, you missed some important updates concerning KMC.

No worries. A recording of the town hall is posted here.

Here are the highlights:

BUDGET: The good news this week is we’ve learned that KMC’s budget deficit is shrinking significantly. Our work with the county to address bad billing practices is paying off and in April, KMC lost less than $1 million compared to losses of up to $3 million in the prior months.

Nonetheless, service cuts and layoffs will be necessary, just not as drastic as was being planned a month ago.

CONTRACT: The county has approached us to propose holding off our contract re-opener discussion until August when we will have a more complete and accurate picture of the county’s finances. Given the uncertainties surrounding KMC, our Bargaining Team is analyzing the option of holding off talks until August. The county has also agreed to meet with us on non-economic matters related to our contract discussion. This is also an option being considered by our bargaining team. What ever happens we will need everyone to be engaged once we start negotiations with the county.

KERN COUNTY HEALTH AUTHORITY: On Monday, Russell Judd is going to publicly propose to the supervisors that the county should merge with Kern Health Systems under the Hospital Authority legislation.

What the county is proposing is to place Kern Health Systems and KMC under one umbrella. This is a very innovative concept that would be a truly integrated healthcare system, similar to the Kaiser Permanente model.

At first glance, this seems like a smart strategy. We will be working closely with the county to make sure any new system protects services, workers, and puts our community first.

Read the news coverage here.

Stay involved!

Show the BOS we stand for services. Come to the June 17 Board of Supervisors meeting. More details to come.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 17. Time to be announced soon.
WHERE: Kern County Administrative Center, First Floor Board Chambers – 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield.

Attend the next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1065.

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