Howard Brown Health employees organized signs for a three-day walkout over unfair labor practices.
Protests are scheduled to begin in front of a number of Howard Brown Health locations on Tuesday, January 3.
Former event planner at the organization Julian Modugno said: “We have shown up to bargain in good faith every time.”
But the healthcare provider said last week that it was proceeding with its planned staff cuts in order to fill a $12 million revenue shortfall.
A fired employee said: “All of us on that were on the lay-off list were locked out our computers and emails on Friday afternoon.”
The strike is expected to draw hundreds of workers.
Union members claim that the LGBTQ+ health group is already understaffed.
They fear that the job losses will jeopardize care for those who need it the most.
The organization’s Bilingual Health Educator, Josseline Almengor said: “At Sheridan we already don’t have enough bilingual Spanish-speaking staff so there are plenty of times myself I have to jump in help.”
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Almengor stated that she is battling for her patients and coworkers who have been fired.
She said: “There’s been a lot of emotions in the past days, mainly anger, but that anger is also fueling us because Howard Brown doesn’t appreciate their staff, nevertheless their patients.”
A Howard Brown Health spokesperson said: “We support our employees in the union and their right to express their opinion. For our patients, we are continuing services.”
The organization cut 60 employees on December 30, and it was reported they arrived at work to find themselves locked out of their emails and work software, having previously been told their last day would be on January 3.
Source: ABC Chicago