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Vanderbilt Worker Employed Again-Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, TennHundreds of former Vanderbilt Medical Center employees continue to look for jobs. VUCM administrators fired about 300 staff members for poor job performance, in July.

 

The wait is over for one former worker who is back on the clock at a new job.

 

Roger Sparks said, " I was really glad, I was really happy about it because I was tired of sitting at home.

 

Roger Sparks worked at Vanderbilts Animal Research Department for 20 years. The 52-year-old is now working at the Nashville Humane Society, doing similar tasks like his previous job: cleaning cages and looking out for the animals.

 

Sparks said, "I like it better there because I know the pets are going to a good home. They are not going to be put down, which they have to be put down in research."

 

His new job is part-time, but Sparks says he is grateful and understands what other former Vanderbilt employees are going through.

 

Sparks explained, " I feel sorry for them, because they still got their car notes, they still got to buy food, they still got to pay for their overhead. So I really feel for them."

 

Former VUMC employees like Barb Bolen are still looking for a job. Bolen says Vanderbilt offered a job counselor when they fired her.

 

Bolen says, " What a  jokethey don't help you with your resume. They dont help you find a job."

 

Bolen did clinical work in preventive medicine the last four years at Vanderbilt, when she was terminated in July. She continues to take care of her husband who suffers from health issues and their foster animals.

 

Bolen explained, "The money is less. Its hard. I don't like living off the government, I want to earn my own way and pay my own way. "

 

Bolen and Sparks both hired attorneys to look into VUCM terminations.

 

Sparks said, " It's the higher up management that is really corrupt."

 

Roger Sparks and Barb Bolen are both active in Organized and United for Respect at Vanderbilt group. OUR Vandy organizers say they anticipate a total of nearly 1,500 jobs cut from Vanderbilt by the end of the year.

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