My name is Al Turner. I drove a shuttle bus at UPMC for two and a half years, making sure that everyone in the hospital got to work safely and on time. I loved my job, but UPMC fired me for coming together with my coworkers to form a union so we could improve jobs in our city.
I’ve lived in Pittsburgh my whole life, and over the past decade I’ve seen a lot of changes. A lot of them are good. But our new eds and meds economy hasn’t created the good jobs that working people need to support their families.
That’s why I started fighting for $15 an hour and a union at UPMC.
I thought a job at UPMC would mean more opportunity. So when I had the chance to go to work there, I jumped at it.
But you know what? The idea that all the jobs at UPMC are good jobs is just a myth.
While UPMC brought in $1.3 billion in profits in the last three years, it pays thousands of its service workers—the biggest group in its hospitals—8% to 30% below what it takes to live in Pittsburgh.
UPMC should be using its enormous power and wealth to lift everyone out of poverty. But instead of working with us to create good jobs, UPMC works against us. They fired me because I came together with my co-workers to make improvements for our city. And recently UPMC even took away good union jobs from a group of janitors who clean its Shadyside office complex. They are losing their jobs because they stood with my coworkers and me.
It’s time for UPMC to work with us to rebuild Pittsburgh’s middle class. Can you join my co-workers and me on July 30th to stand up for good jobs with a union at UPMC?
What: Good Jobs with A Union at UPMC
When: Wednesday, July 30th at 4:30 PM
Where: Mellon Square Park – 6th Ave and William Penn Place – Downtown Pittsburgh
Together we can make it Our UPMC