Hospital Workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center to Rally for Dignity, Respect

Nurses, specialty techs, maintenance and service workers call out St. Mary’s millionaire CEO Michael G. Sellards for refusing to recognize their Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center will be joined by community, faith and political supporters on Monday, August 13th, 2018 as they rally for dignity and respect. The rally will kick off at the corner of 28th Street & 3rd Avenue in Huntington, WV beginning at 3:30pm.

Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions. Despite overwhelming support by the workers, St. Mary’s Millionaire CEO Michael G. Sellards has refused to recognize the workers and their Union, instead diverting hospital resources to coerce and mislead hospital employees about the benefits of Union membership.

State Senator Richard Ojeda, a candidate for West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, will be a featured speaker at the rally. Ojeda has been very vocal in his support for West Virginia’s working families and their right to organize including releasing a video to hospital workers at St. Mary’s staying that “if you are at the job that doesn’t have a Union, you need to Unionize.” Ojeda goes on to point out that hospital workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital, which now owns St. Mary’s Medical Center, have better wages and protections on the job because of their Union.

Hospital workers are not just putting their feet in the street, but they are also taking to the airwaves. “Dignity & Respect,” a 60-second radio ad, begins airing early Monday morning on WKEE-FM, WBVB-FM, WTCR-FM, and WVHU-AM.

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