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Catholic Health workers call proposed new union contract 'insulting'

August 4, 2021 | Published by WBFO. Click here to read the full piece.

Nurses and hospital workers represented by the Communications Workers of America are calling out Catholic Health for what they call deteriorating conditions for employees and patients at area facilities, including Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital's Saint Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga.

More than 2,500 employees are calling for a fair and equitable contract to address dangerously low staffing levels, provide fair wages and benefits and protect patient safety.

The union agreed to a one-year contract extension in August 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension expires Sept. 29 and allows only Mercy Hospital workers to strike.

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