LORAIN, OHIO – Employees of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, who are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, are taking to the streets on Monday, October 6 to seek support from the community as they attempt to bargain a fair contract with Catholic Healthcare Partners executives.
Many workers fear that the quality services that patients receive at Mercy Regional Medical Center could be at grave risk, as many of the hospital’s contract proposals will make it difficult to recruit and retain quality staff.
“Out of town and out of touch corporate executives are attempting to rob working families of their pay, benefits and ability to advocate for quality patient services at Mercy and that’s wrong,” said Geoff Davies, Administrative Organizer with SEIU District 1199 and lead negotiator at the bargaining table for the workers. “Mercy executives have demanded workers give up their sick time, take huge pay cuts, take away overtime pay, and want to force employees to pay thousands of dollars more for healthcare costs. All this while Mercy is earning record profits and the CEO is paying himself over two million dollars a year.”
Among the main issues of concern for workers are:
- The elimination of step increases within the wage scale that would rob workers over $325,000 over the life of the contract.
- The elimination of paid sick time, which would rob each worker of nearly $1,800 in sick time during the contract.
- Changes to worker’s health insurance that would make healthcare unaffordable for working people and their families.
Union members have called a press conference for 4pm on Monday, October 6th to speak directly to the community about issues facing working people at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
SEIU District 1199 President Becky Williams, Executive Vice Presidents Kathy McCormick and Frank Hornick as well as local political and community leaders will join workers for the press conference in front of the hospital located at 3700 Kolbe Road in Lorain, Ohio.