Bortz Health Care Facilities, which claims to be the country’s largest privately-owned and family-operated nursing home group, is selling its 10 locations in Michigan and Florida.
In four Worker Adjustment Retraining Notifications filed with the states of Michigan and Florida, owner Donald Bortz Jr. says hundreds of workers will be laid off as of August 1. The buyer of the nursing home company could choose to rehire the current employees, although it is not clear at this time, Bortz said.
“Additionally, while it is anticipated the buyer will offer employment to the vast majority of our employees, the company does not know which, if any, employees will actually be offered continued employment with buyer,” Bortz wrote in the notice.
Among those losing their jobs are 117 workers at the Redford Geriatric Village in Detroit, 148 at the Bortz Health Care of Ypsilanti location and 103 at the Bortz Health Care Traverse City location. The Florida location, in Hobe Sound, will lay off 164 workers.
There are undoubtedly hundreds more being laid off throughout the state when you add the workers from the Orchard Lake, Highland Park, Warren, Orion, West Branch, Petoskey and Rose City nursing homes. Those locations did not receive their own WARN notice because the law doesn’t require them to be filed for closings of less than 50 people at a single location.
Bortz could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Those being laid off include nurses and other skilled healthcare professionals, office personnel and housekeeping and facilities staffers.
Some of the workers are represented by unions, including the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Michigan and the International Union of Operating Engineers.
“Employees represented by the union possess bumping rights under contract,” Bortz said in the notice. “However, bumping rights are inapplicable in this instance as all employees will be permanently laid off.”
It was not clear Thursday which company would be buying Bortz Health Care Facilities.