Pittsburgh City Council voted Tuesday to approve a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) plan to build a vision and rehabilitation center in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, part of a $2 billion expansion the hospital giant announced last year. The vote came despite continued opposition from Pittsburgh residents, who say UPMC has repeatedly denied its workers the right to unionize and is exacerbating racial health disparities.

For weeks, Pittsburgh residents have demanded that UPMC negotiate a community benefits agreement guaranteeing all Pittsburgh residents equal access to health care, the right to unionization for UPMC workers, and a $15 minimum wage.

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