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150 McLaren Jobs Could Be Outsourced To Cut Costs

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Up to 150 workers at McLaren hospital could have their jobs outsourced if contract negotiations with a local union fall through.

Sharon Taylor, president of the Local 459 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, said she received notice on Friday that McLaren is considering outsourcing 150 jobs within the paraprofessional and skilled trade office. Taylor said these workers are ones who prepare and serve meals for patients, clean the hospital and help keep it running smoothly.

"It's such a big deal because it's 150 jobs in the community. These are people that are needed to run this hospital," said Taylor. "This is their livelihood. A lot of these folks are single parents…They live paycheck-to-paycheck because they are the lowest paid workers in the hospital."

Officials at McLaren said in a statement the union rejected the most recent tentative agreement on Friday, but negotiations are still ongoing, and they've made no final decisions on jobs.

Taylor said she believes outsourcing jobs is a move to save money, and that the union will have time to make a case for keeping the jobs. "We have an opportunity to show them other ways to save money," she said. "The bottom line is this is all about saving money."

Union officials said they put in a request to bargain with McLaren, but have not yet heard back from the hospital.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.

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