180710 Picketing 1
James Neiss/staff photographer
Niagara Falls, NY - Mount St. Mary's healthcare workers picket to protest short-staffing and high turnover rates at the hospital.
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From: "Allison Krause, 1199SEIU"
Subject: Healthcare Workers Will Picket Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston Tomorrow, 7/10
Date: July 9, 2018 at 5:19:34 PM EDT
To: Mark Scheer
Reply-To: "Allison Krause, 1199SEIU"
Contacts: Allison Krause, (315) 679-6032, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Advisory For: Monday, July 9, 2018
Healthcare Workers Will Picket
Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Tomorrow, 7/10
Caregivers warn that chronic under-staffing is dangerous and negativelyimpacts quality care for patients.
What: Informational Picket
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 4:25: MEDIA AVAIL with worker interviews, photo and videoops and speeches
Location: Mount St. Mary’s Hospital - 5300 Military Rd, Lewiston
On Tuesday, over 400 registered nurses, nurse’s aides, laboratory and technical staff, dietary and environmental service workers providing care and services on every floor and in every department of the community hospital will hold an informational picket to protest short-staffing and high turnover rates at the hospital. Mount St. Mary’s employees are represented by 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, and have been in negotiations for a newcollective bargaining agreement since September 2017.
“I started working at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital over 15 years ago and there was a better ratio of staff to patients then,” says Andrew Kuryko, RN. “Now, short-staffing creates stress that impacts workers and that could impact patient care.”
The informational picket is not a strike. Workers will picket on their own time—lunch, breaks, a day off, etc. - to alert the community of severe quality care concerns at the hospitaland seek community support in their fight for a new union contract that includes the fair wages and benefits needed to recruit and retain caregivers and other healthcare workers and provide the best quality care to Mount St. Mary’s patients.
1199SEU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest union in New York State and the largest healthcare union in the nation. We represent over 250,000 nurses and healthcare workers in New York and over 400,000 members throughout the East Coast. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1199SEIU & @1199UpstateNY
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