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CWA Catholic Health Strike: Day 18

19 Oct, 2021

Below is the latest from CWA-represented nurses, technical, service and clerical staff employed by Catholic Health System, who walked off the job on Friday, October 1, over a long-standing staffing crisis that they want to see alleviated in new contracts.

TODAY: President of New York State AFL-CIO Mario Cilento to visit Picket Line

Today at 2:00 PM ET, President of New York State AFL-CIO Mario Cilento will join workers on the picket line to show support to the nearly 2,000 workers represented by CWA 1133 that have been on strike at Mercy Hospital on October 1st. Elected officials Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblymember Pat Burke are expected to join Mario at the picket line.

New York elected officials and unions continue to show support for workers on strike at Mercy Hospital

Senator Kristen Gillibrand:

“I'm proud to stand with the workers of @CWAUnion Local 1133 who are striking to ensure patients receive high-quality care and to keep our frontline health care workers safe.”

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman:

“All workers deserve fair pay and safe working conditions. Especially the healthcare workers who have protected us during this pandemic.

Buffalo’s healthcare workers deserve better. #Strike4PatientCare @CWADistrict1

NYS Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas:

“Today would be a good day for @CHSBuffalo to work with @CWAUnion and give workers on #Strike4PatientCare a fair contract. That includes better staffing and working conditions. #StrikeCHS

NY Working Families Party:

“Nurses and hospital workers have kept us safe during this pandemic. We need to make sure they have what they need to care for our families. That's why we stand with the @CWADistrict1 workers at Mercy Hospital striking for safe staffing. #StrikeCHS