Kaiser to Let Go of Hundreds of Workers

The company was laying off more than 500 people. Areas from the San Gabriel Valley and beyond would likely feel the affect.

One of the nation's largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California, a company official confirmed over the weekend.

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it employees -- would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border.

Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. Many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects "significant membership growth."

"Health care in America is in the midst of one of the most exciting and challenging times in its history, the firm said in a statement today. "We have undertaken a series of cost-reduction initiatives to ensure we meet these changing dynamics, and they include some position eliminations.

"It is important to note that none of these position eliminations will in any way jeopardize the quality of patient care, which is always our primary focus," the corporate statement said.

Nationwide, the health care industry is undergoing structural changes to adopt to the new federal Affordable Health Care Act -- commonly called Obamacare.

Exact layoff locations were not available, a spokeswoman said, because some of the affected employees may be offered other vacant positions as it makes staffing adjustments next week.

A union official told the Inland Daily Bulletin that the laid-off employees will be able to take advantage of a retraining and education program that will keep them paid and insured for up to one year.

Do you go to or work for Kaiser Permanente? What do you think of the layoffs?

Esther Bradley-deTally November 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Kaiser's image promotes the concept of "Thrive." I have been very fortunate to have good, good doctors in my care. I also have heard they make a great deal of profit. My question is this - in these dark times wouldn't it be an act of faith to put the concept of Thrive into the employees lives, and hang with them, keep them. In the end, when we lay down our bones, i think we will the kind and charitable things we contributed to in our lives, not profit margins. I think we are all accountable. i think this layoff sounds disastrous on a long term level; it sounds proactive, and i think Kaiser should look to the future and make decisions based on principles of conern and justice, not economics. They can handle it. They're thriving.
Esther Bradley-deTally November 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
sorry for the typos !


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