Inequality For All – Free Movie Screening and Special Q&A With Robert Reich

Make It Our UPMC will be joining social justice organizations from the Carnegie Mellon campus and the Pittsburgh community to screen “Inequality for All,” the surprise pop culture sensation about families whose lives have been scarred by the new economy.  After the movie, Robert Reich (appearing virtually) will join Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and workers from across our city to talk with the audience about inequality and what we can do to change it.

“Inequality for All,” starring former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, has informed and challenged audiences in cities across the country. Driven by Reich’s humor, feistiness, and passion, the film highlights the fact that working families and the middle class are getting crushed while the super-rich game the system.

CEOs today earn an average of $5,000 per hour while low-wage workers earn just around minimum wage. “Inequality for All” ties the vast increase in income inequality to the loss of good union jobs, the diversion of economic growth from wages to CEO compensation and profits, the financialization of the economy, cutting taxes for the wealthy, and the failure of government to keep investing in education and infrastructure.

We know this all too well in Pittsburgh.

In Pittsburgh, the “eds and meds” economy has replaced the steel industry. The biggest employer in the city – and the state – is $10 billion health system UPMC, but the success of UPMC is not shared by most of us. UPMC has been a driver of low wages that are crippling the middle class. The median wage of a UPMC service worker is $12.18 an hour, or 8 percent to 30 percent below a basic sustaining wage in the area. UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff is among the highest paid hospital CEOs in the country with a $6 million compensation package.

Join us on November 18th for a free screening of this important film  and a special Skype Q&A Session with Robert Reich.

McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University Campus

5:15 – Pre-screening reception with sponsors’ stalls, pizza

6:15 – Movie screening

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Candidates who stand up to UPMC win big on election night

Yesterday was a great day for working families in our city, and great day for our movement to hold UPMC accountable.

Voters elected Mayor Elect Bill Peduto, Councilman Dan Gilman, and Councilwoman Deb Gross, and re-elected Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Councilman Daniel Lavelle knowing their strong and public stand on the need to rebuild Pittsburgh from the middle out. That means working together to ensure that UPMC creates good middle class jobs, provides access to care to every resident, and contributes to vital public services that make our city great.

As Mayor, Bill Peduto is committed to creating strong and healthy neighborhoods for all of Pittsburgh. Our city’s largest employer, landowner, and healthcare provider has a vital role to play in making that vision a reality: 

We’ll be working alongside Mayor Peduto and other elected leaders to make UPMC stop firing workers and instead work with them to create middle class jobs; to stop suing our City and instead work with us to strengthen city services; to stop slamming doors on people who need healthcare and instead work with the provider community to be sure everyone has access to all of our great hospitals.

It truly is time for UPMC to act like a real purely public charity.

Thank you Mayor Peduto, and our new and re-elected City Council members, Congratulations on your victories!

Together we can make it our UPMC.