Clever rhyming chants, raucous marches, scratchy megaphones. The wave of strikes and rallies that spread throughout Pittsburgh on Thursday sure looked and sounded familiar. But there was an added ingredient to the demonstrations Thursday…
Many UPMC hospital workers went on strike Thursday morning, seeking union rights, after the healthcare company announced wage increases in March.
On Thursday, low-wage workers across a number of industries, including hospital workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), walked off the job in a record 320 cities as part of the latest action from the Fight for 15 movement.
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.