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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/20/2018 09:44 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/20/2018 09:44 AM
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Healthcare Workers Union to Protest at Dignity Health’s Mark Twain Medical Center

San Andreas, CA...Dozens of healthcare workers are expected to protest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22 at Mark Twain Medical Center, 768 Mountain Ranch Rd. in San Andreas, over concerns that the interests of patients and the community will be ignored after the hospital’s owner – Dignity Health – merges into a $28 billion corporation.





“Patients, workers and the community need to be reassured that this new corporation is going to look out for them in the future,” said David Lay, an employee at Mark Twain Medical Center. “It’s all too common for a mega-corporation to squeeze employees and harm patients in the process rather than invest in both of them.”

The Mark Twain Medical Center protest is one of 27 being held across California by caregivers between Feb. 20 and March 7 at facilities owned by Dignity Health. In December 2017, the company announced plans to merge with Catholic Health Initiatives, giving it a combined $28 billion in annual operations.

Workers want to secure a strong contract with Dignity Health before the merger is finalized because of Catholic Health Initiatives’ history of undermining workers and patient care. In the year ending June 30, 2017, Catholic Health Initiatives eliminated nearly 3,000 full-time jobs at its hospitals across the United States.

The new corporation would be the second largest non-profit hospital system in the United States, with operations in 28 states, including its national headquarters in Chicago.

Nearly 15,000 Dignity Health employees statewide are members of SEIU-UHW, including 257 at Mark Twain Medical Center. Their contract expires April 1, 2018.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-02-20 11:51:43   By: Anonymous
 
Didn't these same workers just vote a month or two ago to encourage the hospital board to re-sign with Dignity? Looks like the union bosses from outside the county are pulling the punches and making a mockery of their members' wishes.

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    Posted on: 2018-02-20 11:57:58   By: Anonymous
     
    Give all of them tickets to see the Black Panther

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    Posted on: 2018-02-20 20:08:48   By: Anonymous
     
    SEIU is a bunch of George Soros controlled socialist shills for the Democrat party.

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Employee salaries???
Posted on: 2018-02-20 11:56:32   By: Anonymous
 
Nothing to do with a push for an increase in employee salaries???

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    Re: Employee salaries???
    Posted on: 2018-02-20 17:28:56   By: Anonymous
     
    money grab by workers

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      Re: Employee salaries???
      Posted on: 2018-02-20 19:38:44   By: Anonymous
       
      Sorta reminds me of a moon-lit grunion hunt on Pismo Beach, for some strange reason.

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        Re: Employee salaries???
        Posted on: 2018-02-22 12:07:09   By: Anonymous
         
        The Russians are involved !!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-02-20 13:01:15   By: Anonymous
 
And do the employees honestly think that they would be better off with the hospital run locally instead of by a corporation that knows what they are doing?

Name something run locally that you would trust your life to?

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Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity
Posted on: 2018-02-20 15:40:58   By: Anonymous
 
Best guess is, since Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health signed an agreement to merge in the near future, the concern to SEIU and hospital employees is what this new corporation will want to do in terms of a new contract agreement for the employees.

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    Re: Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity
    Posted on: 2018-02-20 17:18:03   By: Anonymous
     
    Interesting observation. I wonder what that merger would mean for our hospital? Who would the district be signing the long-term lease with? And is that "new" entity capable of delivering on all that was promised in a new lease contract?

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      Re: Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity
      Posted on: 2018-02-20 17:26:51   By: Anonymous
       
      A lot of unanswered questions relative to Catholic Health Initiatives.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-02-20 17:42:51   By: Anonymous
 
Perhaps new management will hold staff more accountable. The care there is abysmal based on a couple of emergency room visits; if you say otherwise, willing to bet you've never visited another hospital. Why they can't recruit quality doctors much less keep them.

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    Posted on: 2018-02-20 19:40:29   By: Anonymous
     
    And when are we going to get some information on those that conspired & built that basketball court on that tiny island?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-02-20 20:07:26   By: Anonymous
       
      Have you heard what goes on at that island?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-02-21 08:08:13   By: Anonymous
         
        Gilligan and Mary anne know.


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    Posted on: 2018-02-21 13:28:10   By: Anonymous
     
    I’m thinking that until management holds local administration accountable there will be no change in care provided or retaining physicians. I just heard my new doctor in the clinic has left. This is number three in one year.

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