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American Federation of State
Municipal Employees Ohio Council 8
Ohio Council 8
"Selling Hillside to a nursing home owner will only decrease the services and that is probably the biggest fear," said Debbie Bindas, a staff representative with AFSCME.
"I've put in numerous phone calls to Trumbull, and there have been no return calls," said Debbie Bindas, staff representative of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Ohio Council 8, which represents registered nurses, housekeepers, maintenance and other workers at the Warren hospital.
Bindas said the unions weren't notified of the 81 layoffs announced late Tuesday afternoon by the three-hospital system, which was acquired out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 1 by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. "My understanding is they issued the news release before telling anyone at the hospital. I was totally caught off guard," she said. Bindas said some contractual issues - senior workers who might be willing to take voluntary layoff or work fewer hours - might affect the layoffs, but she said she hasn't been contacted to discuss the issues. "I'd hoped we've had a good enough relationship that we'd be contacted as we always were in the past," she said.
Debbie Bindas, staff representative for Ohio Council 8, AFSCME, who lead the bargaining commends the following members for their efforts during the process: Tom Davis, Becky Jack, Madelyn Kinnick, Leslie Dunlap, Linda Stavnicky and Terry Johnston.
Debbie Bindas, a staff representative for AFSCME Ohio Council 8, which represents 1,350 Forum workers including the TMH nurses, agreed that the union's economists, accountants and analysts have verified Forum's dire financial projections."We believe the financial crisis is real," she says.AFSCME doesn't want to get into attacking other unions, Bindas says, but it disagrees with some complaints voiced by SEIU District 1199 leaders who say Forum hasn't provided enough evidence to prove its problems are as serious as it says.The Service Employees International Union local represents 1,400 Forum workers.Bindas argues that Forum's $54.5 million loss over the past 15 months is enough proof that the company is in trouble. "Our focus is on securing as many jobs as possible within the Forum system, and that includes being concerned about our communities," Bindas says."We're not ruling out the possibility of negotiating.We have no problems sitting down and talking abut contingency plans."Bindas says she won't call the talks "negotiating sessions" because all three AFSCME locals have current contracts, although those agreements could be amended by votes of the memberships. "My unionism goes to the last platelet in my blood, but union leaders have to look at alternatives," she maintains.The difference in approach, say Connelly and Bindas, may relate to the fact that AFSCME employees are all based in Trumbull County, not at Northside or Tod where Forum has reported its greatest losses.
Debbie Bindas, a staff representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said she could not immediately comment because she had not had an opportunity to review Ghezzi's remarks.