UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh: Join us in Standing up to UPMC on Sept 7

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Join us on September 7th – and Demand UPMC Stop Bullying Pittsburgh!

In January we launched the Code of Conduct for a stronger, healthier Pittsburgh. Together, we called on UPMC to start acting like a real charity and end its behavior of abuse of workers’ rights.

Our work has made an impact, but UPMC is still fighting.  The mega-institution is still bullying the community by denying care to Community Blue subscribers, raising healthcare prices, suing the City, and firing workers who speak out to create a better life for their families.

Workers like Jim Staus, who after seven years of service to UPMC was still just making $11.81 an hour, have also been coming together to speak out for better jobs that will let them cover their basic expenses.

The time has come for us stand together. Join the workers of UPMC who are fighting for all working class people in Pittsburgh on September 7th as they rally and march on UPMC.

Will you add your voice, and demand that UPMC executives stop:

  • Firing and harassing workers organizing to build Pittsburgh’s middle class
  • Threatening to cut off access to patients who have the “wrong” insurance
  • Suing the taxpayers of Pittsburgh to avoid paying their fair share like the rest of us

The workers of UPMC are standing up for all of us. Do you have their backs?

Join us – Rally And March on UPMC
Oakland – Meet at the corner of Bigelow Blvd. and Forbes Ave in Oakland
11:00 AM

RSVP Online – Here
Together We Can Make It Our UPMC

Unhealthy Choices: How UPMC’s Low Wages Endanger the Future of Pittsburgh’s Middle Class

UPMC Workers Christoria Hughes, Chaney Lewis, and Jim Staus pose with Barney Oursler Executive Director of Pittsburgh UNITED

UPMC Workers Christoria Hughes, Chaney Lewis, and Jim Staus pose with Barney Oursler Executive Director of Pittsburgh UNITED

On August 22nd Pittsburgh UNITED joined by UPMC workers, elected officials, and faith and labor leaders held a press conference  to talk about the most pressing issue facing our community today: income inequality.

Income inequality in the city is as high as it’s been since the Depression, and our middle class is shrinking rather than growing. And while unemployment rates are better than average, a problem facing too many Pittsburgh workers is low and stagnant wages.

One thing that stands at the center of this issue is our city’s largest employer: UPMC.

UPMC employs over 55,000 people. Most are in the region. Thousands work full time without the ability to earn enough to sustain their families or significantly improve their economic standing.

Pittsburgh UNITED released a report that goes into detail on just how big of a problem UPMC’s poverty wages are for our city.

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Download the paper online – Unhealthy Choices: How UPMC’s Low Wages Endanger the Future of Pittsburgh’s Middle Class

The good news: UPMC has the power to lift thousands of families out of poverty and fuel Pittsburgh’s middle class.

The bad news: UPMC is continuing its bully behavior by spending its money on multi-million dollar anti-union campaigns, working alongside well-funded anti-worker organizations and engaging other tactics aimed at preventing its from coming together to make improvements for themselves and our community.

Take Action – Join Us on September 7th and Demand UPMC Stop Bullying Pittsburgh

The report shows us that we–as a community–must demand more from UPMC. On September 7th, Join us in calling on UPMC to:

  • Firing and harassing workers organizing to build Pittsburgh’s middle class

  • Threatening to cut off access to patients who have the “wrong” insurance

  • Suing the taxpayers of Pittsburgh to avoid paying their fair share like the rest of us

The steps are small, and the impact would be great. The strength of our city depends on UPMC playing a stronger role in improving our economy.

Join us on September 7th, and Stand Up to UPMC.