UConn Health layoffs affect 155 workers, but many reassigned to other roles

University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington has laid off 155 people, but many will still be working at the organization, The Connecticut Mirror reports.

The layoffs at UConn Health represent a small portion of state employees laid off so far to help balance Connecticut's budget.

Of the 155 people who have been laid off from the health center, only 35 actually will no longer work there, according to the report. The rest, the report states, have been reassigned at lower pay with either a new job description or a work week reduced from 40 to 36 hours. They will still be considered full-time employees.

Overall, the layoffs, reduced hours and other strategic changes at the hospital and medical school will save the state $6 million annually, according to the report.

In April, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration said it expected 2,000 or more state employee layoffs to help balance the state budget. However, as of Friday, the administration had announced just 825 executive branch layoffs, including the 155 at UConn Health, according to the report. Taking into account the 239 state employee layoffs also ordered by the judicial branch, that means slightly more than 1,060 permanent state positions total appear to have been cut.

At UConn Health, the layoffs primarily involve employees who work with the Department of Correction's inmate care program.



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