Jun 03, 2013 — Efforts to privatize Massena Memorial Hospital are facing opposition. The hospital is currently owned by the town of Massena. Hospital leaders want to privatize, in large part to save money on state pension costs.
According to the Watertown Daily Times, in 2002, pensions were $150,000, compared with nearly $5 million dollars this year.
A local group, led by members of the Civil Service Employees Association, has started an online petition against privatization. The CSEA represents hospital employees who are not nurses. It says if Massena Memorial is privatized, residents would be giving up control over the hospital, including accountability for patient care, health care services that are not “profitable,” retirement security for workers, and good-paying middle-class jobs.
As of Monday morning, the petition had more than 500 signatures.