NYC layoffs ruling overturned

The News Leader

July 7, 2011 3:25:12 PM PDT
An appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling that prevented New York City's public hospitals from laying off about 150 electricians, carpenters and laborers.

The decision released Thursday said the petitioners who brought the original legal actions did not have the standing to do so, and that the trial court "improperly inserted itself" into the decision making of the executive branch.

A Manhattan judge had ruled late last year that the city Health and Hospitals Corp. "failed to employ a sound methodology" in deciding to let go about half its laborers and one-third of its electricians and carpenters. The ruling sent the matter back to the hospital agency for further evaluation and issued an injunction barring the layoffs from taking place.

The appeals court ruling reversed that decision.