Hospital Janitors Enter Third Week of Strike

EVS workers striking for affordable insurance benefits

May 21, 2019

Environmental services (EVS) staff are among the almost 2,000 unionized workers at Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH, entering their third week of a strike, Becker’s Hospital Review reports.

The strike began May 6 and involves about 900 technical and support employees represented by United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 12, including EVS staff, as well as about 1,000 nurses represented by UAW Local 2213. The striking workers list health care costs and on-call hours as the key issues they seek to resolve. They are seeking more affordable out-of-pocket copays and regulated on-call hours. Health care professionals and support staff from other Mercy Health facilities as well as outside agencies are serving patients and cleaning the medical center during the strike.

Your facility may be able to avoid union worker strikes by hiring supervisors with labor-management experience who ensure the engagement between labor and management is collaborative and inclusive.


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