Laid Off: NUHW-Represented Nurses Lose Jobs

A group of nurses represented by NUHW at two Alameda County Jails were just laid off, at Christmas, without warning. Check out the story from The Contra Costa Times…

49 Nurses Fired at Alameda County Jails

DUBLIN — A private health care provider with a checkered past has fired close to 40 percent of the nurses working at Alameda County jails, leaving those remaining to work double shifts and scramble to keep health care functioning, according to the workers’ union.

The cuts were confirmed by Corizon and detailed by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represented the nurses during the layoffs.

“According to the nurses in the jails, it’s a disaster,” said Dennis Dugan, an organizer for the union.

The laid off employees will be furloughed until mid-January, but are no longer working at the jails.

Blair Behrens, a licensed vocational nurse who had worked at the jail for 24 years, said she was “flabbergasted” when Corizon first told employees in late December that they were planning to eliminate all vocational nurses.

“There was no plan,” she said.

Read the rest of the sad story in The Contra Costa Times from January 7, 2016.

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