Fairmont Regional Medical Center Turns Back on Community, Workers During Time of Need

For Immediate Release – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 877-419-7348.

During life-threatening pandemic, Alecto Healthcare violates federal and state law to shutter hospital, leaving workers unemployed and uncompensated.

FAIRMONT, WV – Alecto Healthcare Services, a California company, today made the decision to turn their back on the registered nurses and other healthcare workers of Fairmont Regional Medical Center by denying hospital workers the wages and benefits that had previously been promised. After meeting with hospital executives to bargain over the impact of the hospital closure for employees, workers learned from Alecto that they would not be paid out their earned benefit time or have their healthcare coverage extended.

“This is a slap in the face to the people and patients of West Virginia during the largest health crisis this state has ever seen,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Hospital executives pleaded with our nurses and other care providers to continue to provide quality care until the last day of operations, but then rewarded them by refusing to pay our members for their earned leave time like vacation, personal and sick leave.”

Union officials plan to file a lawsuit against Fairmont Regional Medical Center, and their parent company Alecto Healthcare Services, for violations to state and federal law, including their failure to follow the warren notice as well as violations to labor law in order to ensure every person who worked at the hospital receives the pay and benefits they were promised.

“What Alecto did to the people of the Fairmont community should be criminal,” continued Gibson. “To shutter the doors of Fairmont Hospital at a time when people in West Virginia need every doctor, nurse, and care provider they can find is inhumane and will put more lives at risk in our community.”

Union leaders will be having conversations with their members and legal representatives about next steps and potential legal actions against Alecto.

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