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Cuyahoga County says jail nurses will be offered employment following move to MetroHealth

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 13:59:00-04

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County officials announced Friday that nurses who were not hired by MetroHealth, following a council vote to make the hospital system the sole medical provider for the county jail, will be offered employment by the county.

Recently, a Cuyahoga County Council vote placed nearly 50 nurses’ jobs in peril. Council's vote meant that the nurses would need to re-apply for their for their jobs at MetroHealth.

Some of the nurses have worked for the county jail for over 20 years.

According to county officials, 37 of the 49 county nurses from the medical unit have been offered employment through the MetroHealth system. The remainder of the nurses, who either didn’t get hired or chose not to apply, will be hired by the county. Nurses who choose not to work with the county will be offered outplacement services.

“We are in the process of negotiating a significant retention and severance package for ALL medical staff regardless of whether they are hired by Metro, the County or even another employer,” Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and County Council President Dan Brady stated in a news release. “We are strong supporters of collective bargaining and the rights of employees and we are grateful to each and every one of our medical staff who has worked diligently throughout our transition process.”

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