Ads in support of Mercy employees hit the airwaves today across Ohio.
LORAIN, OHIO – Workers at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain will head back to the bargaining table beginning at 9am on Friday, October 31 in hopes of reaching a fair contract with hospital executives.
However, Mercy employees fear that this is just a pro forma tactic by management with the intent to declare an illegal impasse so that they can impose the very proposal rejected nearly unanimously last Friday by the workers.
“Workers at Mercy want to sit down and bargain a fair contract that preserves the dignity, rights and respect they deserve,” said Geoff Davies, Administrative Organizer with the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “However, management has already signaled through the media that they plan to declare an illegal impasse, which would hurt both the staff and patients of Mercy Health.”
Workers have launched a public awareness campaign that hits airwaves starting today. The ad focuses on the abhorrent greed by Mercy Health CEO Michael Connelly and how hospital executives are attempting to rob workers of their right to a fair contract by declaring an illegal impasse.
The ad can be viewed here:
If an agreement cannot be reached with hospital executives, workers may have no choice but to send a 10-day notice of their intent to strike. Hospital employees remain committed to reaching an agreement with management and ask for continued support from the community as talks resume tomorrow.