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MULTICARE: After layoffs, are pensions next to go?

Letter by Jean A. Fraser, Tacoma on Jan. 3, 2011 at 10:24 am | 2 Comments »
January 6, 2011 1:39 pm

Re: “Millions for Multicare CEO” (TNT, 12-21).

Diane Cecchettini’s salary and benefits package would go a long way toward paying the wages of 18 nurses who have received layoff notices from Multicare.

In recent contract negotiations, nurses have had to fight for guaranteed meal breaks during their eight- to 12-hour shifts. It appears that pensions will be one of the next benefits Multicare will attempt to eliminate. Some employees have been notified that their pensions are only guaranteed through 2011.

It might be understandable if Multicare were in financial difficulties, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, given Cecchettini’s more than comfortable salary.

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