Carondelet to leave 225 employees without jobs
Reporter: Valerie Cavazos
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - "It is a a devastating blow and individuals are very very upset and often looking for answers," says Mary Judge Ryan, who is an employment law attorney.
She says the layoff action taken by Carondelet is often typical of many large companies going through a restructuring plan.
"They are generally eligible for rehire and in smoe instances, the employer will say that as the economy recovers, they will call them back," says Ryan. Or transition laid off workers into other jobs within the company, which is what Carondelet is trying to do.
Ryan says,"The attitude that the employer takes giving you advance notice, giving employees some time to prepare for this, letting them know that they would be eligible for this, letting them know that they would be eligible for rehire, letting them know if it's indeed the case they'll be calling some employees back as the economy improves, letting them know if there are resources like Pima County One Stop or other resources that the employees will help them access."
"This is one the biggest layoffs that we've had in a while," syas Jim Mize of Pima County One Stop. He says Carondelet has partnered with One Stop for outplacement and career counseling services. "Our rapid ressponse team headed up by Margie Wright will in fact go there and meet with employees, typically in groups of 25 to talke about all the services that One Stop has to offer. There are jobs openings around town. There are job openings at TMC. We're going to be setting up job fairs for TMC who wants to hire people. We'll put them in contact with Carondelet and management teams. All things being equal, I'm hoping that the people at Carondelet go straight over to TMC or any other place like that."
Correction: an earlier version of this story contained a mistyped word which, unfortunately, changed the meaning of the sentence in which it appeared. The mistake caused the sentence to state that TMC was firing people, when in fact it is hiring people. The story above has been corrected. KGUN9 News apologizes for the error.