Stroger joins protest over county layoffs

October 26, 2009 (CHICAGO) Stroger, along with unions representing the workers, condemn the move saying it threatens core health services for families across Cook County.

Last week, the new board that now runs the hospital system announced 700 vacant and 335 support staff and non-clinical care positions would be eliminated in January. The board called it a "staff rebalancing effort".

Stroger says it is just an attempt to break down the union.

"We can not allow and will not allow the board to pay millions of dollars to outside consultants have them come in and tell us you don't need this, just downsize, be small be like the private hospitals. We don't want to be like the private hospitals," said Todd Stroger, president, Cook County Board.

Hospital officials say services have not been cut and staff reductions will not impact patient care.

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