Josh Malloy has worked at UPMC Mercy in housekeeping for more than three years, and said he’s spent most of that time fighting for workers’ rights. He said UPMC’s decision to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage was a victory, but the fight’s not over.
Some hospital workers at UPMC are planning to strike Thursday as part of a nationwide walk-out by fast food and other workers for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
UPMC workers at Pittsburgh hospitals plan to take part in a one-day strike Thursday to demand the right to form unions.
Workers employed in low-wage industries plan on taking to the streets to continue their call for a $15 hourly wage and union rights. But this time around, workers in fast food will be joined by a new group of agitators: hospital workers.
Pittsburgh’s middle class was built by men and women working in steel mills. Steel workers built our skyline and our economy. They took jobs that were low-paying, dangerous positions and stood together to form unions that created solid, middle-class jobs.
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for tipped workers hasn’t gone up in 17 years, but a group of service industry activists came together Thursday to recognize a Garfield bar for eschewing tips and paying its employees a higher base wage of its own accord.