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Nov 9 - Return to Work Update

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Return to Work Update

The return to work committee has been working diligently to get everyone back to work.  We expect tomorrow to be an extremely busy day in the Hospital, especially in the ER. Just like we did during the strike, we need everyone to come together and support one another.  We are excited about bringing our Mercy family back together. 

Thank you,

Corry Webb, Carrie Dilbert, and Maureen Kryszak

The MACC ER will be phased in for reopening in order to ensure appropriate staffing.

Health insurance is in the process of being restored retroactively to November 1st.  If not today, it will be restored tomorrow.

>> We will end the strike on the same powerful note we began it!<< 

Meet outside the front entrance of Mercy at 6:45am. The doors will open once all scabs have left around 7am. Please join even if you are not scheduled to work at that time. Wear red if you can.

Please call the union hall with any questions or concerns at 716-828-1133.  The hall is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.

Member Relief Fund Checks

Checks will be available on Friday: 8a-10am at the union hall and 10a-4p in the Mercy cafeteria. Checks will not be available during the weekend due to capacity now that everyone is returning to work. 

Same for Monday: 8a-10a at the union hall and 10a-4p in the Mercy cafeteria.  Tuesday through Friday, checks will be at the union hall 8a-4p.


Our Unemployment Team will continue to work to answer questions and resolve ongoing issues, but our capacity will be lower.  Please call the union hall and someone should get back to you within 24 hours.

Thanksgiving Drive

Boxes of perishable and non-perishable food, along with turkey coupons, will be available for members on November 16th.  We will provide more information as it gets closer.

Toy Drive

If you’d like to receive a toy for your family member between 0 and 15 years old,  tomorrow is the deadline to sign-up! Please click here to fill out this form and we will get back to you soon. (If you’ve already filled out this form, no need to fill it out again).

Please email with any questions! 

If you’d like to contribute, new and unwrapped toys, gift cards, or monetary donations can be brought to the Local 1133 union hall (821 Elk St., Buffalo). You can also purchase toys from registries at Target and Amazon. We will be collecting donations through December 10th.

Receiving Money from the Solidarity Fund

In order to process bills through the Solidarity Fund*, we need:

  • Form filled out

  • Copy of the bill that needs to be paid

  • Unemployment letter stating benefit amount you will be receiving

*As a reminder, the Solidarity Fund is separate from the CWA Member Relief Fund. The Member Relief Fund funds our strike pay checks we’re receiving each week as well as healthcare coverage for necessary treatment should CHS cut off our health insurance. The Solidarity Fund is set up through outside donations and can be used for members who have emergency bills or payments they need assistance with.