Protestors upset over proposed sale of HCR Manor Care

TOLEDO -- A major employer headquartered in Toledo expected to soon go private.

But the move is causing concern among some nursing home workers, reports News 11's Shelley Brown.

The Service Employees International Union, District 1199, says it fears that some 700 Toledo-area jobs might be on the chopping block as a result of HCR Manor Care's sale to the private equity firm The Carlyle Group. The price is said to be $6.3 billion.

A protest is planned for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday from One Government to Promenade Park -- just across from the company's headquarters Downtown.

HCR Manor Care is a leading provider of health care, and the SEI Union is the state's largest union of healthcare workers. The union has expressed concerns over quality care for thousands of manor care residents across the country. They are also concerned for their job security.

HCR Manor Care has said even though the names of their shareholders will change, almost everything else will remain the same.

The company has released this statement: "We believe strongly that, despite falsehoods being propagated, our record as a leading long-tenure health care provider speaks for itself and that the unspoken motivation of this campaign is to increase union dues."

HCR Manor Care shareholders are actually in Toledo voting on the sale.

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