Action! Tell the State Civil Service Commission not to reconsider their vote against Charity worker layoffs.

What happens when the Governor and LSU get a decision they don't like?  They ask for a redo ... of course.

Contact the Louisiana State Civil Service Commission.  Ask them to say NO to privatization and the layoffs!

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At the State Civil Service Commission meeting - Wednesday June 5, 2013, commissioners voted against the Governor's privatization plans for 4 of 9 Charity Hospitals across Louisiana that would have prompted the layoffs of about 3000 employees.  In a 4 to 3 vote, commissioners bucked the rush to privatize, citing concerns with LSU's lack of transparency in providing complete information regarding the new cooperative endeavor agreements in order for them to arrive at a just and fair decision.

No sooner had the vote passed than Dr Michael Kaiser - Interim CEO of the LSU Health Care Services Division, replacing Dr. Roxane Townsend – requested a special meeting to ask the Commission to reconsider the vote. See the State Civil Service Commission circular and agenda here.

Dr. Kaiser stated that the complete cooperative endeavor agreements would be provided at the next meeting.  I imagine Dr. Kaiser and the Governor must have been awfully busy in the remaining days of last week working out the details of 4 separate agreements with the 4 new operators of the hospitals in question. It will be interesting to see what numbers emerge to replace the blanks in what are supposed to be legally binding contracts.

Really? A contract with 50 blank pages? The commission perhaps needed some specifics—like an offer and an acceptance and a termination clause?

Those opposed to the privatization deals presented evidence to commissioners on Wednesday that privatizations will actually cost more than keeping the hospitals public.  Even Jindal’s own administration admitted as much!

Opponents also pointed out that we have no certainty of the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] approval to ensure Federal funding for whatever privatization Governor Jindal clearly desires.  If CMS cannot get answers from the State to concerns they have regarding the privatizations, any Medicaid money that has being allocated for Louisiana for next year will likely have to be paid back.

We are told that layoffs are not really layoffs but simply a formality necessary in order for workers to transfer over to a private employer and, that as long as workers have a good work history, they have nothing to worry about.  This commission knows that workers are not always dismissed because of their employment record, but because of the relationship they have with their supervisor.

The Governor has gained a reputation for punishing those who stand in his way:

“The governor doesn’t tolerate dissent,” said Dr. Roxane Townsend, who headed LSU’s South Louisiana hospitals until her ouster in September. “They knew I wouldn’t spew the party line.” 

Would workers that have spoken out against Jindal be prey to the same fate?  That is something the State Civil Service Commission will have to determine on Monday. 

Governor Jindal proclaimed Wednesday, May 8, 2013, as Employee Recognition Day in Louisiana. Quoting Shannon Templet - the director of SCS: SCS would like to thank all Louisiana state employees for their dedicated service. To us, every day should be employee recognition day!”

We agree!!!

Any decision that is made must guarantee that all workers are able to transfer back to a job with the equivalent - or better - wages and benefits that they are receiving now.

See below for what actions you can take to protect equitable and affordable access to healthcare in Louisiana and protect worker’s jobs!



First, LSU, DHH and the Jindal administration sought the layoffs of workers of Baton Rouge’s Charity hospital, the


Earl K. Long Medical Center


Leonard J. Chabert Regional Medical Center – Houma
University Medical Center – Lafayette
W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center – Lake Charles
LSU Interim Hospital – New Orleans

Capitalizing on a Federal Medical Assistance Percentage rate cut, the Jindal administration has sought to dismantle Louisiana’s Charity hospitals. Thousands of State Civil Service employees face layoff and the loss of earned benefits – even with the admission that it will CO$T HUNDREDS OF MILLION$ MORE to provide vital safety net health services thru privatization.

Stand in Solidarity with Public Health Workers!

Defend Louisiana’s Public Option – The Charity Hospital system!

Attend the Special Meeting of the State Civil Service Commission

Monday June 10, 2013 at 8:00am

(Please arrive by 7:30am for public comment registration)

Louisiana Purchase Room / Claiborne Building / 1201 N. 3rd St. Baton Rouge

Link to members of the Louisiana State Civil Service Commission.

Contact them and say NO to privatization and the layoffs!

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