BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Kern Medical Center is planning hiring freezes and seeking voluntary furloughs as it looks to trim $6.5 million from the hospital budget.
Officials say they're not eyeing across-the-board pay and benefit cuts as the union representing hospital workers claimed.
The Bakersfield Californian (http://bit.ly/15Wbzyb ) reports workers became worried about their paychecks after the county administrative officer emailed hospital staff about proposed cost-saving measures.
Kern Medical Center's chief financial officer Sandra Martin says the county hospital will freeze hiring, reduce overtime and re-evaluate staffing levels to reduce its spending.
The Kern County chapter of the Service Employees' International Union, Local 521, says it wants to participate in collective bargaining on any planned actions that would affect workers.
Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com