We stood up to UPMC and we won. I’d like to share some good news about the medical transcriptionists UPMC abruptly laid off last year. I’m one of them. The state Unemployment Compensation Board of Review found that a group of us who filed for unemployment are in fact eligible. As you may remember, last year […]Read more >
My name is Donna Hoge, and I work at UPMC’s senior living facility in Cranberry, Pa., called Sherwood Oaks. I’m a nursing assistant there, so I spend a lot of time with residents and I work hard to make sure they stay healthy, active and comfortable. As you can imagine, my job is both very […]Read more >
What kind of Pittsburgh do you want? Last week, thousands of people answered that question, calling for better jobs and better communities. On Thursday, fast food workers were arrested in a nonviolent civil disobedience protest outside a Wilkinsburg McDonalds, joining other fast food workers around the nation who walked off the job in a massive demonstration demanding $15 an […]Read more >
Last year on Labor Day, thousands of union members from across our city joined my coworkers and me to let UPMC know that labor supports us as we form our union. I was honored to know that the Teamsters, Steelworkers, teachers and all our union brothers and sisters have our backs in our movement to […]Read more >
Across our city, tens of thousands of workers are standing up for good jobs and a union. In our hospitals, casinos, fast food joints, and universities, from health aids to adjuncts to security workers to janitors, we know that the only path to real prosperity in the “eds and meds” economy is with a voice […]Read more >
Article: UPMC might own most of the hospitals on the region’s Monopoly board, but those hospitals are more dependent on Pittsburgh insurer Highmark’s payments than previously known.
In its audited fiscal 2014 financial report, UPMC states that 31 percent of its $6 billion in net patient revenue, or about $1.9 billion, comes from non-Medicare Highmark insurance reimbursement payments. Only Medicare, with 33 percent, represented a larger slice of UPMC’s revenue pie.
Caregivers from UPMC’s Sherwood Oaks retirement facility in Cranberry tell UPMC executives it’s time to raise their wages.
“We’re here to tell UPMC to pay fair wages,” said CNA Pam Scott. “We make UPMC what they are because we build them from the inside out. We take care of their residents who we think of as our family. When we’re not happy, they are not happy. High turnover affects residents.”
“Some of my doctors are on that list, but I am so angry and disgusted at UPMC that I will switch doctors rather than let UPMC get away with this unethical ploy.”
On Jan. 1, UPMC will achieve its long-sought divorce from Highmark. The separation will undoubtedly disrupt care, add untold stress and potentially harm thousands. UPMC, in refusing even to negotiate a renewed contract, has plainly driven the breakup.