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ASHLAND, KY – With faces lit by the warm glow of handheld candles flickering in the winter twilight, the over 400 services and maintenance workers represented by the Service Employees International Union District 1199 at King’s Daughters Medical Center will hold a candlelight vigil and press conference at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 28th. Hospital employees will share with elected officials, clergy and community supporters the challenges they face bargaining a fair contract that allows them to preserve the quality care and services they provide to hospital patients as well as the dignity, rights and respect they deserve on the job.
“The hard-working women and men at King’s Daughters Medical Center are working tirelessly to bargain a fair contract with hospital executives,” said Sherri McKinney, Coordinator with the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “We remain hopeful that the power of prayer and solidarity will help bring about a peaceful resolution that preserves quality care and services for hospital patients.”
The prayer vigil comes just days before the last scheduled bargaining session between workers and hospital executives set for Monday, December 30th, with a few major issues outstanding like retirement security and a drastic change to the way workers are compensated for the care and services they provide. Employees have been working without a contract since the former agreement expired on November 30th, 2013.
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents over 400 workers at King’s Daughters Medical Center including all service and maintenance employees including nursing attendants, couriers, ward clerks, central supply room aides, scribes, nursing service secretaries, stock room clerks, dietary employees (including cooks, bakers, salad makers and dishwashers), housekeeping and laundry employees, maintenance department employees, maintenance clerk, dietary clerk, janitors, medical records clerks, transcriptionists, laboratory aides, laboratory clerks, home health aide, home health clerks, respiratory assistants, respiratory aides, patient review coordinator, regular part-time clerk in O.B. and operating room hostess, patient nutrition representative, environmental compliance operator, medical records clerk, and cardiovascular services secretary.
Candlelight Vigil for the Workers of KDMC
Saturday, December 28 | 5:00pm
King’s Daughters Medical Center
2201 Lexington Ave, Ashland, KY 41101