Re: “MutiCare to lay off 100s by early fall” (TNT, 7-13).
MultiCare CEO and President Diane Cecchettini said, “We’ve agonized over this decision, but feel it is the right decision.” She said the company would seek “… careful reductions in areas where there are cost-saving opportunities.”
If, as she says, she is “saddened” and feels a responsibility to the patients, organization and those who will lose their jobs – it would be interesting to know how much of her multimillion-dollar salary (more than $5.6 million in 2008) is she willing to give back, and how many perks – such as spousal travel and country club dues – is she willing to relinquish or pay for herself in order to save jobs?
She described herself as being “miserable” over this. I suspect her misery is bearable compared to the distress of the breadwinner facing unemployment.
Although not a MultiCare employee, I am a MultiCare patient. Perhaps Cecchettini would be less “saddened” when she thinks of the laid-off employees if she sacrificed some of her extravagant compensation.