Daily Hampshire Gazette: “UMass scales back health services in cost-cutting move”

UMass scales back health services in cost-cutting move

By CHAD CAIN
Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

AMHERST – The health services unit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will eliminate 10 percent of its work force, losing more than 21 full-time positions, close its pharmacy, reduce laboratory services and scale back evening and weekend hours between now and the end of the academic year.

The changes are intended to save University Health Services about $1 million a year, money that will be used to help offset current operating expenses and fund future facility renovations and technology enhancements, according to UMas[s] officials.

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Food Drive Happening Now!

UAW Local 2322 is sponsoring a food drive to help local pantries restock their shelves for the upcoming winter season. We encourage everyone to donate whatever they can to this drive and help us support the needs of our communities. We will be collecting non-perishable food items in our Holyoke & UMass (GEO) offices until December 9th, and then we will send the donations to one or more area pantries, where they can be the most help.

Even if you think you can’t give enough, remember that every item helps when you have nothing. If we all are able to donate just one item each think of how many families, together, we could help…

Suggested food items:

  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Canned tuna or salmon-in water
  • Baby food & dry formula
  • Cereal (high fiber/low sugar)
  • Fruit or Vegetable juice (100%)
  • Soups, stews & chili
  • Pancake/waffle mixes
  • Pasta (dry or canned)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts
  • Rice

Non-food items:

  • Diapers (child & Adult)
  • Toilet & Facial tissue
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

*  PLEASE NO GLASS ITEMS  *

This event doesn’t have to be just a union event. Spread the word and ask your family and friends to help out too. Are you willing to collect items at your worksite?

UAW Local 2322 joins legal complaint over new student “coinsurance”

On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, United Auto Workers Local 2322 joined a number of community and advocacy groups with whom we have been working to save UMass student health care to file a complaint with the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, stating that the University’s new Student Health Insurance Plan violates Massachusetts law.  The text of the complaint is available in full below:

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