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UTMB Faces Lawsuit – Layoffs Called “Cruel, Immoral and Abusive”
December 1, 2008

Galveston Attorney Joe Jaworski has announced that he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of the Texas Faculty Association against the University of  Texas Board of Regents and other officials.

The suit will allege that the regents violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they held a closed meeting and conference phone calls before announcing the layoffs of 3,800 employees of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

As 2 on the Beat has reported, UTMB suffered massive storm damage as a result of Hurricane Ike.

Two weeks ago employees started receiving their walking papers, because the research and teaching hospital could not longer afford to meet its payroll while operating on a limited basis.

I spoke with Attorney Jaworski tonight who said the layoffs and impact on Galveston are “catastrophic.”

“The UT System Board of Regents have shocked all Texans by choosing to dismantle the institution rather than rebuild with insurance, FEMA money and other available state and federal funds,” says Jaworski.

“It’s a vicious, cruel and immoral and abusive attack on thousands of loyal UTMB employees who have already been traumatized by Hurricane Ike,” said TFA Executive Director Tom Johnson.

The lawsuit will be filed Wednesday morning at the Galveston County State District Courthouse.

2 on the Beat will keep you posted.

UTMB Layoffs: The Aftermath
November 19, 2008

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Gail Jones
Gail Jones

It’s a new day, and a new opportunity for many of the UTMB employees who are being given their walking papers.

Many of  them showed up at a job fair Wednesday morning that is being held by St. Joseph Hospital in Downtown Houston.

St. Joseph is trying to fill vacant positions in nursing and other departments throughout the hospital.

2 on the Beat had a chance to meet Gail Jones, who was laid off by UTMB after 20+ years working at the Galveston Island medical facility.

Jones says she is devastated but she is trying to remain optimistic.

If there is any good news its this: despite some really tough economic times the health care industry is strong.

For instance, St. Joseph is treating more patients, and is expanding.  The hospital is always hiring more physicians and other personnel.

The hospital plans another job fair on Friday in conjunction with Nursing Magazine.

Next month St. Joseph will hold a job fair in Galveston.