Warren Mercy Health workers accuse hospital of greed

About a dozen health care providers and their supporters picketed in front of Mercy Health St. Joseph Hospital in Warren Monday morning.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – About a dozen health care providers and their supporters picketed in front of Mercy Health St. Joseph Hospital in Warren Monday morning in protest of what they call the corporate greed of Cincinnati-based parent company Mercy Health.

The informational picket is one of 24 protests Mercy Health workers have planned across the state of Ohio, including those that took place in Cincinnati, Youngstown, Springfield and Fairfield.

“Mercy Health is doing very well financially but still is demanding workers do more with less. At the same time, Mercy’s CEO – Michael Connelly – is taking over $2 million in compensation and other top executives are making millions as well,” said Al Bacon, Secretary Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, the union which represents Mercy Health workers. “Why does Mercy Health think it is okay to take from working families, when hospital executives live in extreme wealth off the labor of the workers? It’s not right, it’s not fair and that’s why workers are fighting back.”

 Mercy Health Public Relations Director Nanette Bentley gave WKBN the following statement in regards to a similar protest last week in Boardman.

Our colleagues at Community Mercy Health Partners have been negotiating in good faith with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) since December. The goal is to reach consensus on a collective bargaining agreement.

 

SEIU has chosen to conduct an informational picket outside our location today. We recognize the union’s right to picket there lawfully and will continue to negotiate in good faith towards an agreement.


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