Cabell Huntington Hospital Nurses and Technical Workers Cite Substantial Community Support As Contract Negotiations Continue

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For Immediate Release: August 30, 2020
Press Contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, (877) 419-7348.

A new effort is promoting ways that the public can stand with the hospital workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital amid the COVID19 pandemic. Nearly 1,000 individuals have signed up online to say that they support the nurses and technical workers in their Union contract campaign. 

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIANurses and technical workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital say that support for a fair contract with hospital executives is growing. While the number is increasing,
nearly 1,000 people have signed their names in support of their campaign through an online petition. Additionally, new digital ads and messages from local residents continue to show support from across the region.

In addition to an online petition, residents are sending letters of support to their elected officials. Community members are also posting messages and sharing their solidarity on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

“Local residents are reaching out to politicians at all levels of government to let their representatives know that they stand with these nurses and technical workers,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199. “This contract campaign involves over 1,000 workers from all backgrounds who live and work in the community of Huntington,” continued Gibson. “These are our local heroes and they have always been here for the patients they serve. Local residents who are taking action online by posting messages of support on social media and contacting elected officials is meaningful – these workers are members of our families and they are our neighbors. Most importantly, these nurses and technical workers are working on the frontlines in this difficult time but they were also heroes long before this pandemic,” Gibson said.

Nurses and Technical workers state that they continue to call for a fair and equitable contract in addition to standing together for improvements in important areas such as staffing. “These workers appreciate the outpouring of support,” Gibson concluded. Members of the public can find ways to stand with the hospital workers at this link.

SEIU District 1199 has represented workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital for over 40 years. In the largest victory since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state, nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in November 2019. Technical workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in February 2020.

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