July 15, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – You couldn’t miss it driving into Downtown Buffalo Monday (July 11th) morning – a massive inflatable depicting a fat cat boss holding a Nurse by the neck – that had been moored on a public sidewalk in front of Catholic Health System’s headquarters where a number of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses were publicly protesting the lack of a new contact at three Buffalo area hospitals – despite the fact Catholic Health reported a $27 million surplus for 2015 as company execs raked in huge raises.
“This is about ‘bringing our situation to light,’” CWA District One Area Director Deb Hayes told WNYLaborToday.com just hours after she took part in the downtown rally. “This is ‘not only about’ new contracts. It’s about ‘safe and additional’ staffing. It’s about ‘taking care of our patients.’ And it’s about ‘cleanliness’ in their hospitals, which is ‘terrible.’ They’ve cut their housekeeping staff ‘in half.’ It’s gotten to the point where Catholic Health Employees are telling people ‘not to come to our hospitals,’ because we ‘can’t serve you.”
“It’s also about a ‘lack of a healthy’ Labor-Management relationship. You just ‘can’t work with them’ on solving problems, which ‘magnifies’ other problems. It’s the Nurses we represent looking at our recent and new agreement with Kaleida Health and ‘asking why’ Nurses at Kaleida are ‘getting more’ than at Catholic Health,” Hayes (pictured below with Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz) told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper.
Contacts between the CWA and Catholic Health at three of its Buffalo area hospitals have expired: St. Joseph’s in Suburban Cheektowaga on August 31st, 2015; and Kenmore Mercy and South Buffalo Mercy on November 30th, 2015. In addition, Technicians represented by CWA at Kenmore Mercy also expired on November 30th, 2015. To read more click on the following link