Starting on Friday April 11th, UPMC workers will begin a week-long fast in front of UPMC headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh to help shine a light on the injustice many of them are facing at Pittsburgh’s largest employer.
Many UPMC workers are in a constant state of hardship, because they are not getting paid what it costs to live in Pittsburgh. A recent study shows that service workers at UPMC earn up to 30% less than what is needed to support their families.
Josh Malloy works hard every day to makes sure the emergency room at UPMC Mercy is clean and sterile, yet he has to work 60 hour weeks just to cover his basic expenses. UPMC is holding thousands of workers like Josh back from joining the middle class, and it’s holding back our entire community.
In this time of hope and reflection, UPMC workers organized the Fast for Our Future as a call to help UPMC find the moral compass as a charity and healthcare provider. In a public tent on Grant Street, fasting UPMC workers will be joined throughout the week by a number of faith leaders from various denominations and community supporters who will fast to show their solidarity. They will be attended by doctors and nurses from the community.
- WHAT: Vigil to begin seven-day Fast for Our Future
- WHO: UPMC workers, members of the clergy, community members
- WHEN: 12:30pm, Friday April 11 – Friday, April 18
- WHERE: USX Tower/UPMC Headquarters
Support the fast:
Tell the Fasters That You Stand With Them!
There are three easy ways for you to let the fasters know that you support them and that you are together with them in the fight for a united voice for UMPC employees:
1. Visit the fasters on Grant St. and write a message of support in their message book
2. Leave a voice-mail for the fasters at (412) 330-1198
3. Post your support to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – include the hashtags #UPMCWorkers and #Fast4OurFuture