Unions say Lawrence + Memorial Hospital layoffs unnecessary
New London - The three unions that represent nursing, technical and support staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital has asserted that the layoffs of 33 workers and program cuts announced last week were unnecessary.
In a news release, the three unions, which are part of AFT Connecticut, said the hospital is "putting its profit margin first" and engaging in "reckless behavior." The union said an L+M official said just seven months ago, before the purchase of The Westerly Hospital was approved, that the hospital corporation had more than $200 million in unrestricted investments.
Eleven hospital workers from the three local unions were notified last week that their jobs would be eliminated effective Oct. 6, the union said. Three of these 11 workers are still employed at L+M but with reduced hours. The affected workers include registered nurses, mammography and nuclear medicine technicians, food service workers, and secretaries. The hospital put the number of union layoffs at nine, plus an additional two union members with reduced hours. Hospital spokesman Mike O'Farrell declined to comment.
Stories that may interest you
Thomas Gilmer, a Republican candidate who appears on Tuesday's primary ballot for the 2nd Congressional District, said he has dropped out of the race after police in Wethersfield arrested him on a warrant late Monday night.
First Selectman Mark Nickerson announced Tuesday the town may now have a solution to complete its future public safety building without asking taxpayers for more money to do so.
Republicans picked Jeff Rogers as their chosen candidate for November's election by a vote of 387 to 246 over current registrar Dana McFee.
An executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont stipulates that as long as ballots are postmarked by Tuesday's primary election date and received before Thursday, they will be counted.