As I reported in recent employee meetings, senior management will meet at 2pm Thursday, March 22, with representatives of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the union that represents all hospital employees.
The purpose of this meeting with labor officials (the second in the past month) is to determine how we might work together to improve the financial health of the hospital. We value our partnership with the union and appreciate the fact that they have given us the opportunity to update them on managements financial improvement plan.
Although it is always my goal to be transparent with our staff and with the public, union negotiations of this type are protected by law for privacy. This ensures that negotiations can occur between authorized representatives of each side without fear of distribution of misinformation and rumors that can negatively affect the integrity of the process.
It is my hope that as soon as possible, both sides will be able to report publicly the outcome of these meetings.
In the weeks and months ahead, I pledge to communicate more frequently with all of you so we can minimize the uncertainty that comes with discussion about cutting costs and reorganization.
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