It’s not every day you get invited to the White House. On Wednesday, October 7, Lou Berry, a local resident and housekeeper at UPMC Montefiore will head to Washington, D.C. for the White House Summit on Worker Voice convened by President Obama. As the White House website notes, “changing your workplace starts with a conversation.” […]Read more >
On Labor Day, hospital workers from all across the region marched for $15 and a union. They were spreading the word about our three point agenda to make sure that our biggest industry is lifting up our city’s people. We’re calling for $15 minimum and a union for every worker. For adequate staffing so we […]Read more >
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 >
The tallest building in Pittsburgh owes its title to the industrial giant that made the city famous. But instead of its floundering namesake, the U.S. Steel Tower now displays the initials of a different sort of employer: the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, or UPMC.
Dozens of health care workers and advocates testified Thursday before the city’s Wage Committee urging it to increase pay for service workers at area hospitals. The committee was formed by City Council as part of the A City For All initiative to, “protect, preserve and expand affordability and livability for low and moderate income residents in the city of Pittsburgh, to establish a Wage Committee that investigates the wages paid to service workers.”
All across the country, so many people are stepping up and speaking out. One of the people who came to the White House to join the conversation was Lou Berry. Lou is a housekeeper at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh. When I met him at the White House, he told me that he was there to stand up for his family and coworkers and to ask for better wages and a union.
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.