This week, we brought our call for $15 and a union to members of our City Council and the Mayor’s Office and presented city leaders with an agenda that will put Pittsburgh’s community needs first. Our employers spend a lot of time fighting each other, but hospital workers are stepping up with a plan for […]Read more >
We work for the biggest industry in our city. Our work helps save lives and gets people the care they need to get well. It takes a special kind of person to do what we do. But too many of us are struggling to afford rent, groceries and our own healthcare. My co-worker Marcus sometimes […]Read more >
I am proud to stand with the workers at Allegheny General Hospital who announced historic news: AGH workers voted overwhelmingly this week to form a union with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania so they can come together for their patients and create stronger future for Pittsburgh. Service workers voted with 83 percent support and technical workers voted with 72 percent […]Read more >
My name is Robert Ross, and I work hard every day at UPMC Magee Women’s hospital to make sure that patient rooms are clean and sterile. I’m proud of the work I do to help patients heal. Last year UPMC started making us use a new cleaning chemical called OxyCide. Every time I use it, […]Read more >
On Monday March 9th, an overwhelming majority of registered nurses at Canonsburg General Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, voted to come together to form a union with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania so they can have a stronger voice to advocate for their patients, hospital and community. Merri Beth Allen, a nurse who has worked at […]Read more >
Pittsburgh hospital workers from both major hospitals systems tell the Post-Gazette why they have joined together for access to care for every patient, adequate staffing in every hospital and good jobs in our city’s largest industry.
“With our vote, we have taken a big step forward in health care. We want to build good communities and support a quality, fair health system that works for all of us,” said Darlene Nicholson, a laboratory processor at AGH.
“Lots of people in Pittsburgh have trouble understanding how a charity can keep its workers in poverty, deny care to patients and still pay the CEO $6.4 million.” – UPMC Worker Leslie Poston
OxyCide is supposed to make hospitals cleaner and safer for patients, but what about the staff that has to use it?
“A lot of my co-workers have complained about respiratory issues, like they were having trouble breathing. A lot of them would complain about their eyes being irritated,” says Justin Sheldon, a housekeeper at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. “I’m concerned about the health effects that this product poses to not only my coworkers, but to the patients.”