Workers at McLaren Lansing could soon see layoffs, hospital outsourcing it’s foodservice

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Employees who work in the Dietary Department at McLaren Hospital in Lansing could be facing layoffs as soon as October, according to a letter given to workers on Tuesday.

The letter was addressed to a service representative at OPEIU Local 459 from a McLaren representative.

Employees said they then received the letter from their union representative.

6 News put a call into Lance Rhines, OPEIU Local 459 Service Representative. Rhines could not be reached for comment.

The letter says: the 60 day discussion period to outsource its food and nutritional service operations at the hospital has ended.

Dated August 30, 2016, the letter goes on to say, employees affected by this layoff, includes cooks, dietary aides, and dietician’s assistants.

Employees 6 News talked to said as many as 40 people work in the food service department, which according to them, will be taken over by Morrison Healthcare.

Morrison is a food-service company that serves more than 650 hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States.

The letter says the change will go into effect on October 29, 2016.

According to our media partners at MLIVE, more than 80 food service workers at McLaren’s Flint location were laid off back in July.

At that time, Morrison Healthcare took over there. All workers were able to apply to work for Morrison; however some were permanently laid off.

A McLaren representative did not confirm or deny this may be happening, he did say, however say 6 News can expect more information on this matter in the coming days.

We’ll update you on-air and online with any new details as we get them.

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