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McKenzie-Willamette Candlelight Vigil for Justice

Dear Union and Community Supporters,

The struggle of SEIU's 330 caregivers who work at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield for quality jobs and quality care continues. For nearly a year, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems (CHS)—one of the largest for-profit hospital chains in America—has been demanding the near elimination of employees’ 401k benefit and dramatic cuts in their healthcare benefits. For some members, the new health care costs could be thousands of dollars more per year. If you’re the CEO of CHS, Wayne T. Smith who made over $13,340,000 last year—more than the CEO of Wall Street giant JP Morgan Chase—these new costs aren’t a big deal. However, for a Certified Nursing Assistant making $20,000—such new costs can be devastating to your family.

CHS has continued its repeated violations of the law and abuses of workers' rights. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found “merit” in multiple Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges filed by SEIU Local 49 against CHS. These charges run the gamut from CHS' bad behavior in bargaining to intimidation of and discrimination against, union supporters. CHS has refused to cooperate in the settlement of these charges and a hearing is being scheduled to begin on May 23rd before an Administrative Law Judge, by the NLRB.

Caregivers have also stood up to CHS’ cuts in patient care. In fact, one of our Unfair Labor Practices that the NLRB found to have merit is based upon their unilateral cut in staffing. On one unit—evening shift Certified Nursing Assistants—can now be expected to care for up to 22 patients!

Please Join:

Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 to 7:00pm for a Candlelight Vigil for Justice in Springfield (Willamalane Park, Mohawk Blvd and "I" Street, directly across from the Hospital)

If we can’t expect the hospital that our community built and supported for generations to provide good jobs here, who can we count on?

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