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|OSF Freezes Wages To Save Jobs
|Economic conditions are just one of the reasons that over 12,000 employees within the OSF heath care system will not be receiving a raise this year.
OSF Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Communications Jim Farrell said employees throughout their system were notified earlier this week that there would be a freeze on wage and salary increases that will become effective Sunday.
Farrell says the primary reason for the freeze was to preserve jobs because, he says, in their field, people taking care of people, to carry out that mission, they need caregivers to serve with the greatest care and love.
Farrell tells WGIL there will also be a standardization of benefits involving employees, some of which are in the local area.
"As we look at the employees in the Galesburg area, and the Monmouth area, at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, and OSF Saint Mary Medical Center, and our OSF Medical Group Practices, they will be gaining a day of vacation, and some like those in the coporate office will be losing a day."
He says there is a pretty fair compromise as far as the standardization of benefits goes.
Farrell says he's seen a fairly positive response from the employees in the system. He says managers, and supervisors have met previously with workers to keep them updated on the situation. He says employees have complemented human resource people and the board of directors who are being creative and not just cutting jobs, which Farrell says, is not their intent.
He estimates the freezes and standardization of benefits could net them nearly 28 million dollars in savings over the next 12 months.
|07 24 09 by Newsroom
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