YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – ValleyCare Health System confirmed its decision to furlough and reduce hours for some employees at its hospitals.
It did not specify when this will happen, how many workers will be affected or what positions will be cut.
ValleyCare Health System released the following statement regarding the layoffs:
We recently made the difficult decision to furlough and reduce hours for some employees. Our hospitals regularly review and adjust staffing based on the number of patients in our care and their medical needs. We remain focused on carefully managing operations to support our commitment to provide high-quality healthcare services to our community.
Members of SEIU 1199 met Thursday afternoon to discuss the situation. It was not open to the media. Union leaders told the workers not to talk with the media.
The union representative said that due to the intense emotion of the meeting, she would not comment at this time.
All of WKBN 27 First News’ calls and emails to the SEIU’s director of public affairs have gone unanswered.
Friday, Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses at Northside, said he received notification that cuts would be coming. He has been having discussions with managers to find out when they will take effect and how many workers would be affected.
ValleyCare Health System includes Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, and Trumbull Memorial and Hillside Rehabilitation hospitals in Warren.
This is a developing story. Check back here and watch WKBN 27 First News as it continues to unfold.
This story is corrected to show that the statement about layoffs is from ValleyCare Health System, and not one specific hospital.