HUNTINGTON, WV - Over 1,000 Union workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 at Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) have issued a 10-day strike notice, that will commence on November 3rd. This notice comes after months of negotiations with the executives at CHH, who have repeatedly made it clear to our healthcare heroes that they value profits over workers and patients.
“For decades, the Union workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital have been able to negotiate a fair contract with hospital executives, but now CHH administrators are prioritizing profits over quality care and the dignity of the hospital staff,” said Joyce Gibson, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The employees at Cabell Huntington Hospital, who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to care for our community, are deeply concerned about the future of quality care as hospital executives are refusing to address vital things like staffing and employee retention.”
SEIU District 1199 members hand-delivered their strike notice to hospital executives earlier this afternoon after members of the bargaining united overwhelmingly voted in support of issuing the 10-day notice late last night.
“As hospital workers, we are concerned about the future of care and services in our community,” said Yvonne Brooks, who has worked at Cabell Huntington Hospital for more than 37 years. “We remain committed to sitting down with Cabell executives and negotiating a contract that protects patient care and ensures that workers and their families in our community have the job security and healthcare we have earned.”
While hospital executives are attempting to rob Union workers of the benefits they’ve negotiated over 47 years in partnership with Cabell Huntington Hospital, CHH has received over $40 million in taxpayer money from the federal CARES Act.
Workers represented by SEIU District 1199 have been negotiating with Cabell Hunting Hospital executives. The workers are fighting for quality care, safe staffing, wages that allow them to provide for their families, and health insurance coverage. Management came to the table with Major Concessions , despite a new $51 million dollar office complex and steady revenue and income margins since the acquisition of St. Mary’s in 2019. St. Mary’s Medical Center was acquired in 2018 in a $165M transaction. This year, amid the COVID19 pandemic and layoffs at the hospital, the Cabell Huntington Hospital system through St. Mary’s Medical Center acquired the Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG) for over $10M. The workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital have served bravely in the current pandemic and remain steadfast and dedicated to reaching a fair and equitable contract agreement.