"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.
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 some contractual issues - senior workers who might be willing to take voluntary layoff or work fewer hours - might affect the layoffs, but 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