Brattleboro Retreat hospital to eliminate jobs
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital announced Wednesday that it is cutting 31 jobs, two days after unionized workers held an informational picket over what the union has called deteriorating contract talks.
Retreat Senior Vice President of Government Relations Peter Albert said the layoffs are due to projected deficits this year and next year. The cuts will be to both administrative and clinical jobs and affect both nonunion and union positions, he said.
“Any staff reductions are regrettable and very difficult for all of us given the incredible dedication that our employees have for their work on behalf of patient care,” he said.
Jack Callaci, director of collective bargaining and organizing for United Nurses & Allied Professionals, which represents 500 Retreat workers, told the Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/ZLmNys ) that the layoffs show mismanagement among the hospital's administration.
“For the past few years we have been told time and time again about how successful the Retreat has been, and now we find out they have squandered millions of dollars,” he said. “The programs they are getting rid of are the programs that used to set them apart.
They are giving more money to paper-shuffling managers and eliminating counselors who work with patients.”
The union was notified of the layoffs during contract talks Tuesday. Workers were being told on Wednesday.
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