Layoffs hit KMC

SEIU Member Leaders work to minimize impact on services, workers

51 of our co-workers will lose their jobs as KMC implements cuts to bring its finances in line. That’s a significant number of people hit with bad news and we should all take moment to show our support in any way we can.

From the article in the Bakersfield Californian:
Rosie Kidwell, a 23-year county employee who works as a program specialist for Kern Medical Center, spoke on behalf of the union. She said union members have worked hard over the past months — in cooperation with management — to turn Kern Medical Center around. Union leaders will continue to work with Judd’s team, Kidwell said: “We’re all in this together.” But the union is concerned about what layoffs will mean both for KMC workers and for the patients who rely on KMC for health care.

Kidwell said SEIU wants the community to know that the union is committed to working with KMC management to make sure that care at KMC is preserved and the impact to employees is minimized.

“It’s the service we give to the community — the quality care we provide to the community — that matters,” she said.

SEIU frontline workers have worked with management to produce cost-savings at KMC in recent months, reducing its monthly deficit from millions of dollars to less than $400,000 in April.

Our work to protect KMC’s future produced concrete results: The original discussion of layoffs was in the 100+ range.
What’s Next?

Our SEIU Member Leadership will meet with the CEO to try our best to minimize layoff impacts on services and workers.

We are going to make sure workers impacted by the layoffs will have their rights protected, which includes being on a re-employment list with the county for two years.

Furthermore, we are developing strategies for KMC’s long-term success so that we are not back at the same vulnerable position next year.

Come to the next membership meeting on Wednesday, June 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1065 to learn more!

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