Betty Cooks is 62 and was all set to celebrate her 26th anniversary at HCMC in May. She’s only a few years from retirement. But the recently announced layoffs of about 200 employees and the reassignments of numerous others have the Local 977 member wondering if she’ll be forced to retire early, and how she’ll ever afford to do so.
We work at Hennepin County Medical Center and we are shocked by our CEO’s account of 200 layoffs. We’re deeply concerned that the elimination of positions will compromise the quality of care that patients deserve.
Robert Grabko, one of a handful of people in Minnesota nationally registered both as a pulmonary function technologist and an asthma educator, is among those laid off by Hennepin County Medical Center.
A fund has been created to aid the family of Jesse Dady, whose body was found in the Mississippi River last Friday. He was the son of Mary Dady, a member of OPEIU Local 12 and an employee of Painters District Council 82 for more than seven years.