On Saturday September 7th, something extraordinary happened in Oakland. Hundreds and hundreds of people came together to stand up to UPMC and demand that the healthcare giant do right by the people of Pittsburgh.
Faith and labor leaders, elected officials, UPMC workers, bus riders, teachers, patients, taxpayers and students demonstrated their unity and resolve when they sat down as one on Fifth Avenue to sing “Amazing Grace,” a hymn about ending injustice.
UPMC is our largest employer, our largest health care provider, our largest landowner and our largest charity. Together, we are united in saying that UPMC can and must do better for our city. UPMC must use its power to provide care to all who need it, to help fund excellent schools and public services and to help grow our middle class by providing family-sustaining jobs.
We say UPMC must stop firing and harassing workers who want to raise themselves out of poverty. UPMC must stop threatening to cut off care to patients who have the “wrong” insurance. UPMC must stop hiding behind frivolous lawsuits to avoid paying its fair share of taxes.
Together we can make UPMC act like a real charity. Nearly 1000 individuals have signed onto the Code of Conduct to demand that UPMC stop its bully behavior and start acting like a real charity.
Together we will Make It Our UPMC!