April 24, 2018 08:25 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin announced Monday it would begin posting openings for jobs formed as a result of the consolidation of some inpatient services between the two hospitals.
Beginning Tuesday, the health system will post more than 100 nursing assistant, nurse and health unit coordinator jobs, which will be available exclusively to current employees. More jobs could be posted in the future as various units begin the transition, chief nursing officer for the health system's southeast Minnesota region Diane Twedell said.
Holding openings for current employees after an integration is "unusual," she said, but the goal is to provide reassurance to staff that there will still be jobs for them.
"We're really doing that to honor our staff and to say we care about you," Twedell said. "It provides kind of a roadmap for the future for our communities and for our staff saying here's what going to be happening in your community and here's what going to happen for jobs in our community."
The Minnesota Nurses Association, however, decried the move as a cynical distraction from the fact that some people will lose their jobs.
“Today’s announcement that Mayo is asking nurses to commit now to take jobs that won’t exist for up to a year and a half exponentially increases the uncertainty that employees already have about their futures,” MNA President Mary C. Turner said in a statement.
SEIU Healthcare President Jamie Gulley said in a statement that making employees reapply for jobs they already hold is "greedy."
Twedell said while some of the positions may look different, most people who want to continue working for the health system will be able to do so.
Retaining current staff will also benefit patients, she said.
"It'll be the same, reliable individuals who have taken excellent care of them and provided that great care over the years," Twedell said.
To read the full statement from MNA and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, click here.
Updated: April 24, 2018 08:25 AM
Created: April 23, 2018 11:50 PM
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