Company lays off 12 employees in Ontario and Fontana
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/31/2012 08:30:01 PM PDT

Officials at Kaiser Permanente are calling the laying off of 84 employees a “modest downsizing of staff” across Southern California.

The layoffs do not include physicians.

However, union officials say they have been told as many as 550 employees locally may be let go.

“Over the past several months, Kaiser Permanente has undertaken a series of cost-reduction initiatives that will allow us to continue to provide the right care at the right time and at an affordable price for our members,” said Greg Christian, executive director of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, Fontana and Ontario medical centers.

“These initiatives include a modest downsizing of staff across the Southern California region.”

However, a union official representing 4,100 Kaiser employees said more people are expected to lose their jobs.

“We have heard as many as 550 employees in Southern California and 450 in Oregon are expected to be laid off,” said John Borsos, secretary/treasurer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

“We at NUHW have not gotten any layoffs but there are managers in a number of classifications that have received notices.”

Borsos said a memo sent Oct. 23 to Kaiser Permanente Southern California managers said 466 of 550 employees would be terminated. The 84 who have been laid off are all non-union employees, he said.

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