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Kaiser Permanente Lays Off 530 Employees

The layoffs affect employees throughout Southern California.

One of the nation’s largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in the Inland Empire, a company official confirmed Saturday.

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs—constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it employees—would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border.

Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. Many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects “significant membership growth.”

“Health care in America is in the midst of one of the most exciting and challenging times in its history, the firm said in a statement Saturday. “We have undertaken a series of cost-reduction initiatives to ensure we meet these changing dynamics, and they include some position eliminations.

“It is important to note that none of these position eliminations will in any way jeopardize the quality of patient care, which is always our primary focus,” the corporate statement said.

Nationwide, the health care industry is undergoing structural changes to adopt to the new federal Affordable Health Care Act—commonly called Obamacare.

Exact layoff locations were not available, a spokeswoman said, because some of the affected employees may be offered other vacant positions as it makes staffing adjustments next week.

A union official told the Inland Daily Bulletin that the laid-off employees will be able to take advantage of a retraining and education program that will keep them paid and insured for up to one year.

-City News Service

Ethan Edwards November 22, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Anonther thing "Vic". As long as my side of the political spectrum keeps winning every argument, and your side keeps getting trampled on, there is nothing you can do to bother me. That is except threaten my family. BTW- Happy Thanksgiving to you, Roy and Dave......LOL. And your not a conservative right....LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!!
Vic November 22, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I'm gonna throw out the olive branch here, Jeff. I WOULD love to know who you think I am but we'll leave that for another day. I would never wish any harm to you or your family and I sincerely hope you enjoy your day.
Carl Petersen III November 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Vic 12:04 pm on Thursday, November 22, 2012 "I'm gonna throw out the olive branch here, Jeff. I WOULD love to know who you think I am but we'll leave that for another day. I would never wish any harm to you or your family and I sincerely hope you enjoy your day." It's like a very special Thanksgiving edition of the Patch. I am going to get all teary eyed!
Ethan Edwards November 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Garcias Senor Vic.....
Roberto November 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thank you. Thank you for your class warfare, for your bull-headedness on taxes, your contempt for the poor and middle-class, your racism, your bigotry, your cluelessness about gender politics, your sneering hostility toward immigrants and minorities. On this Thanksgiving Day, a personal request: Please don't change. You help elect minorities, women, liberal politicians into office, keep up the good work. Remember, all the corruption you talk about on the local level, in City Council, City officials, County officials are ALL conservative Republicans.......and it leaves me laughing my back side off. Reply Ethan Edwards 8:45 am on Thursday, November 22, 2012 Just think Conservos.......you can start claiming there is a "War on Christmas" today as thousands flock to the shopping mall and start hanging lights. Reply Carl Petersen III 9:03 am on Thursday, November 22, 2012 Ethan Edwards 8:45 am on Thursday, November 22, 2012 "Just think Conservos.......you can start claiming there is a "War on Christmas" today as thousands flock to the shopping mall and start hanging lights." Americans would never fight a war against a holiday that gives them a day off of work. Carl Petersen III 9:02 am on Thursday, November 22, 2012 Ethan Edwards 8:12 am on Thursday, November 22, 2012 "Carl.......you have a wonderful holiday" You too! Reply : That wil work for me...
Carl Petersen III November 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Must be in the bubble humor
Ethan Edwards November 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM
LOL........DINNER WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD!!! Roberto, I agree with every word...
Roberto November 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The Pilgrims prayed before they ate the Turkey...
Carl Petersen III November 23, 2012 at 03:35 AM
And the Native Americans thanked the Great Spirit and thanked the turkey for giving its life.
Martha L. Bridges November 23, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Thank you for your well thought out comment. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday.
Roberto November 23, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Great Spirit, Allah, God, Nirvana, Budha, nam- yeo- ho, ren gay keo, Sikh all deserve the right to worship without being called on their shortcomings as human beings.... Perhaps those Turkeys will indeed come back on a higher level. I've never been to New York, but I have faith it does exist! :)
Carl Petersen III November 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
As do those who choose not to worship any diety.
5150 November 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Wide is the road to destruction, narrow is the path to righteousness
Carl Petersen III November 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Master of puppets, pulling your strings. Twisting your mind, smashing your dreams.
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 12:06 AM
From the American President movie and it still fits exactly today "America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours." You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. "Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.... "We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you Mitt Romney is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections."
julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Hi Sam/Dennis/Ethan, have you changed your underwear yet? You are an uneducated racist, and a bigot, not to mention the most uneducated ignoramus on the patch. Wow you stating I am uneducated, a little advice moron, post your own ugly face of hate on here, but leave the baby's picture off the patch. Because you are such a hateful racist and bigot people do not like you. You stated in one of your comments people are threatening you, and yet you post your baby's picture. I have no idea why anyone would even bother with you, you're ignorant as evidenced by your comments and actions, but some people in this world are wacky like you. Stay off the patch and help your wife clean the house, troll.
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 04:47 AM
julie dawson 7:24 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 "Hi Sam/Dennis/Ethan, have you changed your underwear yet? You are an uneducated racist, and a bigot, not to mention the most uneducated ignoramus on the patch. Wow you stating I am uneducated, a little advice moron, post your own ugly face of hate on here, but leave the baby's picture off the patch. Because you are such a hateful racist and bigot people do not like you. You stated in one of your comments people are threatening you, and yet you post your baby's picture. I have no idea why anyone would even bother with you, you're ignorant as evidenced by your comments and actions, but some people in this world are wacky like you. Stay off the patch and help your wife clean the house, troll." Apparently you were never taught the lesson that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all. This post contains nothing to support,condem or respond to anything that has been posted here. It doesn't add anything new to the subject of "Kaiser Permanente Lays Off 530 Employees." The only thing it does is seems to do is look to get a reaction out of Ethan. (continued...)
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 04:48 AM
continued... Interestingly enough, the last thing you call Ethan is a troll. A nice definition of troll comes from http://micechat.com/forums/faq.php?s=&do=search&q=trolling&titleandtext=1&match=all. It says "So you want to irritate another board member by posting a message or image that will upset them on purpose? Well then, you must be living under a bridge cause you're a troll. A 'troll' is the term used for an individual who post messages to delibrately upset others. How else would you define your post?
Vic November 24, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I think we all have a little troll blood cursing through our veins, Carl. That's what makes the Patch go 'round......
julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Thank you Daddy Carol, now can you please scold Dennis he used profanity, to be specific POS, it means piece of sh!@. Then Mr. wonderful read his postings to AG and Diana. If you don't want to do that than shut your hypocritical mouth up and get a life. If I was as weird as you I would copy and paste and stalk trash mouth Dennis/Sam/Ethan's comments. I know hypocrite, his trash mouth matters not, to stalking losers with no life like you. Keep sticking up for trash mouth it shows what a loser you are, and keep responding to me, it proves you have no life.
Anon November 24, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Ethan Oh I mean Jeff Kleinstein! You need to go back and read your hypocritical comments. Most of the libs on this article are complete A holes when your thing is supposed to be kindness and tolerance. I never see that from you people. Honestly the only one that comes even close is Cindy. We get it Martha, you hate God. Thats our problem. Jeff we get it, you went to high school, so did we and most of us college too. And so did a lot of other people in the world and believe it not, they are conservatives!! WOW!! WHO KNEW?? BTW, anyone can go on Linkden and fake their info. My grandma can put she is an astronaut, it doesnt mean she is!! The funny thing about most of you liberals is that you think you are smarter than everyone else. You are not. Arent we all supposed to be equal? isn't that part of your rant? Equality???
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Julie Dawson. You can always hear the immaturity in the writings of spoiled brats like Julie. Not only uneducated, but inexperienced. Diana and Americn Girl are smartassed punks......can't believe Diana is a grandmother.....she looked older then that. I love the no life part too......LOL. Look at the amounts of posts Julie Dawson has made. No, Julie, us Democrats and Liberals and Moderates kicked your behind.....saw a recent picture of your hero pumping gas in LaJolla......LOL LOL!!! Our candidate and GREAT President is sitting in the White House runing our country,......LOL!!!!! Makes us feel so good and safe.....how are you feeling being a loser....in a landslide....to us???
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
julie dawson 10:55 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 "Thank you Daddy Carol, now can you please scold Dennis he used profanity, to be specific POS, it means piece of sh!@." If you think that someone vioated the Patch's Terms of Service, I suggest that you report them.
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
julie dawson 10:55 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 "If I was as weird as you I would copy and paste and stalk trash mouth Dennis/Sam/Ethan's comments." Or if you weren't lazy and had the computer skills.
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
American 11:59 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012 "The funny thing about most of you liberals is that you think you are smarter than everyone else. You are not. Arent we all supposed to be equal? isn't that part of your rant? Equality???" I know that I am not smarter than everyone else, just most of the Conservitives that post on this blog. It isn't much of an accomplishment. Believing in tolerance and equality doesn't mean that we need to accept lies and hypocracy. When I see these, I'll call them out.
julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Carol pretends to miss the point, unable to admit he is foolish for defending trash mouth, and unable to admit he is a hypocrite lol. Ethan continues to show everyone how dumb he is by calling names. Any insults from you two could not possibly offend anyone, you are both idiots.
julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The day I place my baby's picture on here, and spew racist hate, is the day you can call me uneducated Ethan/Dennis/Sam.LOL Seriously Ethan/Sam Dennis, you truly are uneducated and ignorant, please take your baby's picture off here. I feel sorry for your baby, no innocent child deserves an ignorant father like you. I know spewing your hate makes you feel better, but being proud of your ignorance, shows how truly dumb you are.
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Julie, how's your conservatism going?? Having fun yet??? Where's you candidate that was going to save the world???? At home....sent home by America. America slammed your ideology down on the ground and wet on it. The Tea Party...LOL!!! Republicans now realize that they have to put their country first by rejecting Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge. That means for simple minds that conservatives believe in something that could HURT America. Well--dah. Julie I have proved my education level and have nothing else to worry about........at least not in a career sense.
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Julie Lynette Dawson, you haven't even experienced life yet, enough to have any opinions. Grow up some, say twenty years from now and then come back and tell me about all the life you have seen. At 36, you are a baby.
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM
julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "Carol pretends to miss the point, unable to admit he is foolish for defending trash mouth, and unable to admit he is a hypocrite" From Dictionary.com: "hyp·o·crite noun 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements." julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "Ethan continues to show everyone how dumb he is by calling names." julie dawson 2:33 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 “What wisdom you have Ethan wowwwwww an older white male, you do nothing for the poor you are but a creep.” julie dawson “Hi Sam/Dennis/Ethan, have you changed your underwear yet? You are an uneducated racist, and a bigot, not to mention the most uneducated ignoramus on the patch.” julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "you are both idiots."

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