Union responds to hospital layoffs, DLT reaches out to workers

Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. (photo: Care New England)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Women & Infants Hospital is laying off 41 employees, a move the union says is unnecessary because of the hospital’s operating surpluses.

The hospital announced the layoffs Monday, saying it needs to try to control costs.

The union, 1199 SEIU New England, says the layoffs underscore hospital management’s desire to generate additional operating surplus. The union says the layoffs will jeopardize the quality of patient care. It says the hospital uses out-of-state traveling nurses instead of hiring qualified local nurses. The union says the hospital should be investing net revenues into patient care.

The hospital says it is receiving fewer patients and revenues are down.

The hospital says it will try to help the employees find other jobs within the Care New England health system.

In the meantime, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training is offering Rapid Response services to the Women & Infants workers who’ve been laid off.

The agency held an orientation session Tuesday morning.

In addition, DLT said it offers the following re-employment services at its four netWORKri offices to all employees affected by layoffs:

  • Self-directed or staff-assisted job searches
  • Access to recruitments and job fairs
  • Job skills and résumé writing workshops
  • Career counseling and help registering in the EmployRI virtual job and skills-matching portal
  • Online training, classroom training, and on-the-job training options.

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