Workers Protest UC Irvine Medical Center’s Layoffs
"When you go into the ER and you're admitted, you need someone to coordinate that, and that doesn't happen without these folks," said one protester.
Los Angeles Times:
UC Irvine Health Workers Picket Medical Center Over Layoffs
More than 100 UC Irvine Health workers used their work break or their day off Tuesday to picket at UCI Medical Center in Orange in response to 175 employee layoffs that began this month. UC Irvine Health's chief executive, Howard Federoff, informed staff of the layoffs through an email Oct. 3. Previous expense reductions and increased revenue through growth of the organization's clinical services have "not been enough to avoid reductions in staff," Federoff said in the email. (Chan, 10/18)
Orange County Register:
Hundreds Rally Outside UCI Medical Center To Protest 175 Layoffs
About 200 union members and supporters picketed UC Irvine Medical Center Tuesday afternoon to decry the loss of 175 health care jobs. The protesters, some wearing medical scrubs or union T-shirts, carried signs and chanted, “UC, UC, you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should.” (Perkes, 10/18)