Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pocono Medical Center Workers’ 1-Day Unfair Labor Practice Strike on February 9th

· Pocono Medical Center (PMC) in East Stroudsburg, PA, is forcing approximately 550 service and maintenance employees – members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – out on a 1-day unfair labor practice strike on Wednesday, February 9th.

· While PMC posted record profits of $21.9 million last year, many frontline hospital workers struggle to make ends meet. These are the staff who provide care at the bedside, sanitize patients’ rooms, serve their food, do their blood work, and secure their medical records.

· PMC has engaged in a pattern of unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against the hospital for illegally interfering with employees’ right to discuss workplace issues on their own time, and additional charges are pending.

· PMC is demanding to take away workers’ “union shop,” even though workers voted overwhelmingly in an NLRB-certified election last fall to keep their union shop. Earlier this month, over 70% of PMC workers signed an open letter published in the local newspaper calling upon the hospital to respect the results of their democratic vote.

· Workers have made good faith compromises in an attempt to reach a contract settlement, but PMC management continues to violate the law, arrogantly reject the results of a Federal government-supervised election, and disrespect the contributions of frontline staff who are the heart of this community hospital.

· No one wants to strike, but feeling management had given them no choice but to stand up for themselves and their patients, PMC workers voted by 71% to send a notice of 1-day unfair labor practice strike on Wednesday, February 9th.

· It is the height of irresponsibility for PMC management, despite reaping record profits, to risk a disruption in hospital services for the community rather than obey the law, respect a democratic vote, and work with frontline service and maintenance workers to settle a fair contract with union shop.

For more information, contact AJ Marin at 814-571-9614 or marina@seiuhealthcarepa.org

or visit www.supportPMCworkers.org

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