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Civil service panel rejects LSU hospital layoffs

3 years 7 months 1 week ago June 05, 2013 Jun 5, 2013 Wednesday, June 05 2013 June 05, 2013 1:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The state Civil Service Commission has refused to approve layoff plans tied to Gov. Bobby Jindal's deals to privatize four LSU hospitals.

The commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject the layoffs of about 3,000 state employees at the hospitals in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles.

The Advocate reports that commissioners complained about the lack of information provided by LSU about the privatization deals.

Civil Service is the state's human resources agency. The commission is charged with overseeing layoff plans when contracts outsource jobs that traditionally have been held by state employees.

Hospital layoffs were scheduled for June 24.

Michael Kaiser, chief executive officer of the LSU Health Care Services Division, says the university system will provide more information and ask the commission to reconsider its vote.

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