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ValleyCare eliminates 47 jobs at Trumbull Memorial Hospital

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The latest staff reduction by Valley Care Health System will eliminate forty seven jobs at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The employees are all of the Licensed Practical Nurses on staff at TMH. The LPN's are represented by the Service Employees International Union.

"Most of them are full time positions with benefits so obviously you can imagine the impact it's going to have on them and their families and the quality of care at the hospital" said Anthony Caldwell, spokesman for SEIU District 1199.

Valley Care says it began discussions with the union in May about plans to transition to a staffing model that uses Registered Nurses and nursing assistants. Not using LPN's for acute care has been a recent trend by hospitals.

"What happens is they usually shift that work to the existing staff, they may hire a few additional people but it won't replace the work that the workers that are there now are providing" Caldwell said.

The union says the hospital is in violation of terms of the nurses contract and it has already take action to fight the job cuts.

"We've filed a grievance and plan to take it through arbitration if we need to, we've also filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board because this move is in direct violation of the collective bargaining agreement that is in place between the workers and the hospital" according to Caldwell.

LPN's perform a wide range of duties, including preparing and administering medications, injections, wound care, pre and post operative care. The union says some of the nurses have been with the hospital for 20 years or more.

"Our primary objective is to preserve these jobs and the care these workers provide" Caldwell said.

The layoffs represent one-fifth of the SEIU members at Trumbull Memorial.

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