On September 4th, AFSCME President Leonal Hardman addressed the Civil Service Commission concerning the outsourcing of the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and EA Conway in Monroe. However, the Civil Service Commission voted 4 to 1 to approve the outsourcing contract that will allow the LSU Hospital to layoff over 3000 people in the LSU Medical Center and the EA Conway Medical Center.
The President has the following to say:
I spoke with LSU Vice Chancellor, John Dailey, as well as a Representative of the Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF) after the Civil Service Commission’s vote. I cautioned Mr. Dailey and challenged BRF in their statement to the CSC that 90% of the employees are being retained. I am well aware that this information is inaccurate based off facts that I am receiving from the employees. As I have stated before in various outlets, “Not everyone is going to get a job. Let’s be honest about that.”
Bobby Jindal and his administration are moving forward on his agenda to outsource and privatize Louisiana’s hospitals, the latest being LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and EA Conway Medical Center in Monroe. The BRF will take over October 1st. All current employees will be required to reapply for their positions.
Council 17 will continue to fight Governor Bobby Jindal and his administration for the rights of the public employees for the State of Louisiana and also across the nation who are being targeted for outsourcing.
We will continue to fight for Collective Bargaining Agreements with these new entities and continue to fight for representation of the employees. I strongly believe that employees deserve respect and to have a voice in the work place without fear of repercussions.
AFSCME is asking for continued support of the employees, as well as prayers for them and their families while they enter this difficult transition period.
I encourage you:
Continue the fight, continue to support, and continue to answer the call. Show support in solidarity for those brothers and sisters across this state in your local areas. SUPPORT THEM BY MAKING THE NUMBERS COUNT.
Yours For A Better Tomorrow
Leonal Hardman, President
AFSCME, Council 17