One year ago, I was one of the hundreds of hospital workers who testified before the Wage Review Committee. And on Tuesday, I was among those who went down to City Council to celebrate a year of wins for our patients, our families, and our Read More
One year ago we joined together as hospital workers to talk about our shared concerns and our vision for care and good jobs in Pittsburgh. Together we created the Hospital Workers Rising agenda: Good Jobs With A Union, Safe Staffing, and Read More
Last week, workers at AGH got the first raise of our new contract!!
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This raise has been a long time coming, and it’s going to mean real change for me and my coworkers. I’m an Read More
On Friday, thousands of workers, students, and activists from across the country marched against inequality and the politics of hate in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t by accident that we made a stop outside of UPMC. People from across the country Read More
We just achieved a contract at Allegheny General Hospital that is going to raise up hundreds of Pittsburgh families! Here are a few of the contract highlights:
Guaranteed raises for every service and clerical worker that will move Read More
We just settled our first union contract! (Highlights below)
We stood with UPMC workers and others across the city and worked with hospital management to achieve a contract that respects every single worker in our hospital.
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My name is Nila Payton. I’m a receptionist at UPMC Presbyterian. For 10 years, I’ve worked for Pennsylvania’s largest healthcare provider, but my sons are on CHIP because we can’t afford UPMC’s insurance – and don’t get me Read More
"We are striking in protest of UPMC's unlawful interference with our union rights so that we can have a seat at the table to make UPMC truly responsive to hospital workers, our patients and our community. Pittsburgh is a city of people who Read More
Hospital workers will begin their first-ever strike in Pittsburgh as part of the biggest global protest for higher wages and union rights for fast-food workers, home care workers, nursing home workers, faith leaders and others. Read More
“We feel like we don’t have a voice without a union,” said Nila Payton, a receptionist in the pathology department at UPMC Presbyterian, who’s worked at the hospital for 10 years. “Even though they did give us $15 an hour, Read More
UPMC hospital workers just won a huge victory for the city of Pittsburgh – the largest wage raise from a private employer in the country. UPMC executives said it wasn’t possible, but we proved that by standing together we can win real Read More
“UPMC executives said they would never pay workers $15 an hour, but hospital workers came together to stand up for our rights and for better pay, and we won the raises our families and communities need and deserve,” said Leslie Poston Read More
On Friday, hundreds of students, hospital workers, and community activists packed Fifth Avenue. With full-throated chants - “Hey hey, ho ho, poverty wages have got to go!” – we made our way from Bigelow Boulevard to UPMC Presby to Read More
On February 26th, students from around the country are joining us at Pitt in our march to take back our university. We’re calling on Pitt’s administration to pay a living wage to every worker on our campus – staff and students Read More
When I started working at Shadyside hospital in 1980, I felt like part of a big, happy family. That was before UPMC came in. Now, it's hard to keep morale up when everyone is working more and bringing home less. Wage bumps for weekends and Read More
The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday, but now could be delayed 60 days. UPMC wants to build a 300,000-square-foot hospital on an 80-acre tract off Route 51, but the borough's land use ordinance does not include a provision for a Read More
UPDATE: UPMC has delayed the hearing. We'll update here when it's rescheduled. Click here to contact us and stay connected on this important issue facing our community.
For years, UPMC has tried to bully its way to a monopoly on care. Read More
Not only did City Council listen to us – they’re fighting with us. Yesterday, the Wage Committee returned to City Council to continue our push for better hospital wages and working conditions. Seated around an oak table, Council Read More
It is not an exaggeration to say that the work of hospital housekeepers is a matter of life and death. An estimated 75,000 patients died of a hospital-acquired infection in 2011 and careful cleaning keeps dangerous bacteria in hospitals Read More
The Wage Review Committee has spoken. To make Pittsburgh a city for all, our hospitals should pay its frontline workers at least $15/hr and support our right to form a union without interference.
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On October 22 and 23, Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess convened two Wage Review Committee hearings to solicit testimony from service workers employed in our city’s hospitals and from healthcare and economic experts.\
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Taking square aim at Pittsburgh’s large healthcare and education nonprofits, City Councilman Ricky Burgess drew comparisons to plantations, sharecroppers and “slave wages” Tuesday when he delivered the report of his Wage Review Read More
Burgess said health care institutions in Pittsburgh have a “plantation mentality.” He made the remarks Tuesday as he presented the findings and recommendations of the Wage Review Committee to his colleagues on council. The committee Read More
"After 9 years, I make $12.75 working at UPMC, a multi-billion institution. It's difficult to afford gas for the car, let alone buy a new car. Forget about it," said Louis Berry. "It's not just me and my co-workers. Today, 46 percent of Read More
Pittsburgh's tax-exempt hospitals are reaping billions in yearly revenue but refuse to pay employees sustainable wages or offer them affordable health care coverage, according to a report a city committee released Tuesday. Read More
"The reality is that my wife and I visit the food bank so that we can have enough for our family to eat. The reality is that sometimes our lights have been shut off because we can’t pay the bills." Read More
"I am a black man and a service worker at UPMC Presbyterian. UPMC is Pittsburgh's biggest employer, and it employs thousands of black service workers. I took a job offer at UPMC when I returned from the Navy 21 years ago. Today, I make Read More
October 29, 2015 - New Pittsburgh Courier: Leslie Poston has worked at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for 13 years and makes $13.45 an hour. But, holding a folder about four inches thick with medical bills, she told the Pittsburgh City Read More
October 22, 2015, International Business Times: The tallest building in Pittsburgh owes its title to the industrial giant that made the city famous. But instead of its floundering namesake, the U.S. Steel Tower now displays the initials of Read More
October 22, 2015, WTAE-TV: Nursing assistants, lab technicians, food service workers and others working in the healthcare field appeared before city council to ask them to make recommendations to their hospitals for a wage increase. Read More
October 22, 2015, Pittsburgh Business Times: A $15-an-hour minimum wage would lift many Pittsburgh families out of poverty, better enable children to succeed at school and rebuild the city’s middle class, speakers at a hearing . . . Read More
August 5, 2015, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: This year — when the Service Employees International Union Health Care PA started to organize technicians, dietary workers and housekeepers at the North Side hospital — there were no . . . Read More
June 4, 2015, Trib Live:The service and technical workers will join SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the state's largest health care union, since an average 80 percent of the eligible group voted yes. Read More