“Unfortunately, UPMC has been acting above the law and retaliating against workers who stand up for themselves and their co-workers,” she said, “but the decision by the National Labor Relations Administrative Judge is sweeping and clear. UPMC is not above the law.”
Judge Orders Former UPMC Employees Be Reinstated
It also ordered UPMC to post a three-page notice informing health system staff that the NLRB “has found that we violated federal labor law” and that the law gives UPMC employees the right to “form, join or assist a union; choose representatives to bargain with [UPMC] on your behalf; act together with other employees for your benefit and protection; choose not to engage in any of these protected activities.”
Labor judge scolds UPMC in legal ruling
If you don’t quite get why workers fight to unionize, or the risks they take in doing so, this moving video might help you understand.
“It’s bigger than this money,” says Leslie Poston, a secretary in Heart and Lung Transplant department at UPMC Presbyterian who has been at UPMC for 11 years. “They’re not going to shut us up. We want them to be accountable.”
Article: UPMC might own most of the hospitals on the region’s Monopoly board, but those hospitals are more dependent on Pittsburgh insurer Highmark’s payments than previously known.
In its audited fiscal 2014 financial report, UPMC states that 31 percent of its $6 billion in net patient revenue, or about $1.9 billion, comes from non-Medicare Highmark insurance reimbursement payments. Only Medicare, with 33 percent, represented a larger slice of UPMC’s revenue pie.
Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC’s revenue
Caregivers from UPMC’s Sherwood Oaks retirement facility in Cranberry tell UPMC executives it’s time to raise their wages.
“We’re here to tell UPMC to pay fair wages,” said CNA Pam Scott. “We make UPMC what they are because we build them from the inside out. We take care of their residents who we think of as our family. When we’re not happy, they are not happy. High turnover affects residents.”
UPMC workers protest low wages
“Some of my doctors are on that list, but I am so angry and disgusted at UPMC that I will switch doctors rather than let UPMC get away with this unethical ploy.”
My anger toward UPMC will turn to action in finding new doctors
On Jan. 1, UPMC will achieve its long-sought divorce from Highmark. The separation will undoubtedly disrupt care, add untold stress and potentially harm thousands. UPMC, in refusing even to negotiate a renewed contract, has plainly driven the breakup.
UPMC’s costly divorce from Highmark – Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Demonstrators are arrested along Grant Street during a protest against UPMC, calling for good jobs with a union for all service workers, Downtown on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The protestors began with a rally in Mellon Square Park then marched to UPMC’s headquarters where around 30 demonstrators were arrested by police.
30 cited for blocking street at union rally at UPMC facility – Tribune Review
Hundreds of UPMC workers, janitors, faith leaders, union members, community groups and other Pittsburghers marched to UPMC’s headquarters to demand more. At least 30 people were arrested during the rally.
30 Arrested Protesting at UPMC Corporate Headquarters