<<Joining the doctors at a rally before the board meeting was the union representing 20,000 other county health workers who were protesting supervisors' cuts earlier this summer of 450 vacant positions in the health department, INCLUDING SLOTS FOR 100 NURSES.
The cuts were made in response to a looming deficit in the health department, which is losing much of its federal funding and must close an $884-million gap in four years.
But members of the Service Employees International Union, Local 660 said supervisors were being short-sighted in cutting rather than searching for more money.
Citing supervisors' efforts to beef up nurse recruitment following reports in The Times of delays in medical care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Local 660 General Manager Annelle Grajeda said: "The board has acted to address the symptoms of the crisis while simultaneously taking steps to worsen the disease." >>
In other words, this article reports that LA County just CUT 100 nurse positions on the heels of it trying to INCREASE its nurse recruitment efforts. What is wrong with this picture? And how long till LA County realizes it?