City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
Rudiak Tells UPMC: Stop Bullying Workers and Taxpayers
September 7 March and Rally Planned to Protest UPMC Worker Treatment, Wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH -- On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Councilwoman Rudiak sponsored a proclamation, passed by City Council, that has announced support for a march and rally to take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 with the message, "UPMC: Stop Bullying Pittsburgh."

Taking on UPMC's recent history of worker intimidation, including the firing of employees who have attempted unionization, and of threats to cut access to health care resources for long-term patients who have switched health insurance plans, Rudiak and City Council have motioned support for an active movement, spearheaded by groups like Make It Our UPMC, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh United, to stand up to UPMC's anti-worker tactics and suppressed wages.

"As the City's largest employer and landowner, and as the largest recipient of our subsidizing taxpayer dollars, UPMC has a duty to treat its employees with respect and to respect the fundamental right of workers to organize," said Rudiak.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, Councilwoman Rudiak will join workers, ministers, community leaders, and concerned neighbors for a rally and march at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

Councilwoman Rudiak will be available for comment at the conclusion of the Council meeting on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

For additional details, please contact Adam Shuck, Communications Director for the Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, by phone at 412.255.2131 or via email at adam.shuck@pittsburghpa.gov.

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Published:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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