In the memo...[Department of Public Health Commissioner John] Auerbach told employees the department needed to move ahead with layoffs to meet its “budget target” based on the spending plan filed by the governor.
“Unfortunately, this means that we will need to implement a reduction in force plan that will result in about 50 involuntary layoffs that will happen over the next week,” Auerbach wrote. “I appreciate that this will be an extremely stressful time for all staff and in particular, those staff who receive layoff notices.”
Valerie Bassett, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, said the reductions would hit across the department, affecting disease prevention, regulatory, and environmental and community health efforts.
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