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Catholic Health workers take to the picket line in South Buffalo

August 25, 2021  |  Published by WBFO NPR. Click here to read the full piece.

Labor relations at Catholic Health are boiling over again, as they did four years ago. This time it was at a raucous, packed, red-shirted rally outside Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo in the steamy heat of an August afternoon.

Communications Workers of America Area Director Debora Hayes told a cheering crowd the union is pushing hard on the big issues and asking for public support.

"We need help fighting to get more staff. We need help fighting to get more equipment. Our equipment is broken and we'll have speakers coming up and talking about it. We need security. Our nurses are being beaten up in Emergency Rooms (cheers). We are also the lowest paid hospital in the area or one of," Hayes said.

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