Workers, union protest plan to privatize RC hospital

Concerned hospital workers and union leaders gathered at the Rockland County Legislature last night to voice their concerns over the county executive's plans to privatize a local hospital.

As part of his 2011 budget plan, Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef says that by privatizing the Summit Park Hospital, it could save the county $45 million over the next five years.

CSEA Union Leader Billy Riccaldo says that he is mostly concerned over the potential affects that it would have on the hospital employees. "Are their benefits going to be paid? Pension going to be paid? Are they going to be treated appropriately?"

The Rockland county legislature has to vote on the proposed 2011 budget by Dec. 7.

HV union fights move to privatize county-run hospital

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