STATEMENT OF MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO ON THE UPMC PROTEST
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 4, 2014) “I know that there are families in this city who are struggling, and I respect the demonstrators who have been braving the elements to raise their concerns.
I am in Washington D.C. this morning speaking at a national conference on behalf of our city, but I am returning home today earlier than expected and have been in discussions with UPMC's leadership. I plan to address the media personally this afternoon.
As our largest employer and a world-class healthcare provider, UPMC is a major component of the economic engine of our city and a bedrock of our city’s future. We all have a stake in UPMC’s success, and we must work together as Pittsburghers to create a strong and prosperous city.
Today, I want UPMC workers and protesters to know that I hear you. And I ask you to join me in bringing everyone together to talk about a plan to lift workers out of poverty; to ensure access to affordable healthcare; and to make sure that our city is getting its fair share of investments from all of our stakeholders.
I am asking everyone – UPMC, workers and the union, healthcare subscribers and community leaders -- to collaborate to resolve these conflicts and heal the divisions within our community.
Our entire city has heard your concerns, and I believe it is time to disband this assembly and return home to your families.
I also want to thank our city’s police officers for demonstrating incredible patience and professionalism while maintaining public safety under difficult circumstances.
It's time for all of us to come together as Pittsburghers to build a strong future for UPMC, for all UPMC workers, and for the city we all love. The success of the Next Pittsburgh depends on us working together to improve jobs and strengthen our middle class.”
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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