We are continuing our advocacy with NYC Health + Hospitals regarding its reassignment/termination procedures, based upon its existing financial deficit. The letter reflected below is a recent letter sent to the Health + Hospitals President.
April 28, 2017
Interim President and CEO
NYC Health and Hospitals
125 Worth Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Subject: Managerial Restructuring
Dear Mr. Brezenoff:
The New York City Managerial Employees Association wants your April 19, 2017 announcement on Managerial and Restructuring to reach its overall goal to improve the “front line of patient care”.
The managerial workforce at NYC H + H is a diverse team of skilled, educated, experienced employees who collectively have enabled H + H to provide services to millions of New Yorkers every year. The restructuring should be an effort at maximizing these human resources in all areas to support front line operations. Efficiencies in all areas requires capable managers to plan, implement and monitor the restructuring.
We know that H+H is in a very difficult economic situation but for those managers left behind, this realignment needs to be viewed as a necessary step but also a fair step with dignity to those who are asked to leave. Many companies are required to reorganize, downsize or "sunset", as they are calling this exercise, but it is done with a severance package and notice to alleviate the process. Having the manager pick up his things and escorted by hospital police is demeaning and not the appropriate treatment for loyal employees who often have more than twenty years of experience and careers. For patient safety, it is important that there is enough time to transition the duties, projects and assignments in an orderly manner.
If any employees will be demoted or separated from service, we urge you to ease the impact upon these individuals by providing thirty days’ notice of the personnel actions.
This will reflect your awareness of “the human impact that these decisions will have,” and allow these loyal employees to plan for the next steps of their lives, including severance package, retirement, benefits and other critical issues.
We remain available to meet with you or your representatives to discuss this vital project. Please contact Executive Director Linda Barnes, 212-964-0035; firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule the meeting.
Cc: Linda Barnes