The abuse of employees by Erlanger is lamentable. Erlanger employees have worked for years with no raise until this year’s meager offering. Administrators making 10-20 times the average salary get bonuses of 30-50 percent.
Hospital administration (better paid than ever) announced a substantial change to the Erlanger employee pension plan. In an immoral act, the cynical administrators and egregiously incompetent board retroactively took away the employees' past pay. This affects predominantly employees who are the most dedicated, hard-working and valuable to the institution. It terminates the pension plan while dropping the funds by 10 percent, reducing the vacation pay by 10 percent, and taking away half of unused sick days (a negative bonus for those who rarely used sick days). The shortfall is not funding the pension but the integrity and commitment of hospital governance.
The Erlanger employees supply the community with the milk of human kindness. The administrators see Erlanger as their special cash cow. The board needs to reconsider and recant.
Brent Morris, M.D.