August 9, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – With its South Buffalo Mercy Hospital Membership recently voting by an overwhelming 96% margin to initiate a Strike – if need be, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses and Hospital Employees participated in a major rally on Tuesday (August 2nd) to send a strong message to Catholic Health System management: “If we have to Strike, we will Strike!”
Buoyed by the support from more than a dozen area Labor Organizations who sent representatives to join the Union-represented Hospital Workers, the Catholic Health System Employees were further buoyed by the words spoken by one Buffalo City Lawmaker, Councilman Ulysees Wingo – who called the Workers “superheroes who put themselves in a position to save lives,” which drew a loud chorus of cheers from those in attendance.
In fact, there were so many participating in the rally – estimated to be around 1,000, that marchers lined both the sidewalks in front of and across the street from the Abbott Road medical facility during a hot afternoon rally that saw the temps reach 90 degrees. Also making a special appearance was the CWA’s massive inflatable depicting a fat cat boss holding a Nurse by the neck, which towered over those marching up and down the street during the rally
Joining the CWA Local 1133-represented Hospital Workers were representatives from the New York State AFL-CIO, the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 (Which represents Maintenance Workers inside the hospital), the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 4, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Teamsters, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), the United Auto Workers (UAW), the United Steelworkers (USW) and United University Professions (UUP). CWA Locals 1115, 117 and 1122, as well as 1170 – which is based in Rochester, also had representatives participating in the rally. To read more click on the following link