Health care workers in the United States are increasingly being fired, a trend that critics say is hurting the economy and increasing the pressure on hospitals to raise prices.
Health Care Workers Union chief executive Andrew Sorensen said on Monday he was frustrated by the increasing number of workers being terminated at his union’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
He also acknowledged that there was a growing gap between workers’ compensation and the wages paid to them.
It�s just a different culture.” “
We are the same people, we are the exact same people.
It�s just a different culture.”
He added that there were a number of reasons why some workers were being terminated, including failing to show up for work or failing to complete training or education.
The US Department of Labor said last year that the number of US workers who had been terminated for misconduct was up from 7,500 in 2013 to 17,000 in 2016.
The figures are likely to be more accurate because the agency did not count workers who were discharged because they had a medical condition.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said the agency could not provide a breakdown of the number fired, because it was based on a count of “all worker dismissals” that occurred in 2016 but could not determine how many of those people were fired because they were terminally ill or had other health conditions.
She said that because the federal government does not provide figures on worker dismissations, it was impossible to determine how often employees were fired for serious misconduct.
In a statement, Mr Sornsen called for a moratorium on terminations, and a requirement that the health care industry do a better job monitoring and preventing worker dismissions.
He said he had been at the Hilton Healthcare headquarters for almost four years, and had been there for almost 10 years as a member of the company�s senior executive.
“The people that we have been hired to serve have been there 10 years and I think we have gotten to a place where it is unacceptable to have to deal with employees that have been terminated, especially at this point in time,” Mr Hynes said.
But some workers are angry.
‘I can�te�ve been fired already’: A Hilton Health Healthcare worker who was laid off for being terminally unwell in 2015 says she was let go after being fired because she did not have health insurance.
�We had to take her to the hospital for medical treatment and she had pneumonia, and I was told to keep her hospitalized until she got better and they gave her a choice to go back to the airport and get the hospital treatment or to go home,� said Monica Hynes.
Ms Hynes, who is working at Hilton Healthcare in Nashville on a part-time basis, said she had been working for the company for four years.
When she was laid-off in December 2015, she did everything she could to find a new job.
I went to a lot of job fairs, I went to some other recruitment events.
And I got interviews with several people, but I could not get a job.
So I just kept pushing for another job.
And then one day, my supervisor came up to me and said, you know, you have a bad attitude, you�re not getting a job at Hilton.
So, she told me to quit.
She said, I don�ve got to make you quit.
I said, that�s not what�s important.
So she told the person who I had been with for the last four years to keep me here.
And she told everyone in the company that she had to fire me because I�m terminally sick.
So I went home and called the hospital and I said that I was sick and I wanted to come back, and the person said, we�ll have to give you a choice, and they told me that it�s the hospital that had to give me a choice.
And so, I told them to fire us.
And they fired me.
After the dismissal, Ms Hynes says she became angry and decided to go public with her experience.
Her story was published by the Nashville Tennessean, and she has since been inundated with support from her co-workers and the Hilton community.
Hilton Healthcare has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Healthcare workers have complained of being fired and laid off at other Hilton facilities in Tennessee.
There is no specific law requiring hospitals to offer health care workers a raise.
The Federal Labor Department has issued a number to help employers