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Healthcare Heroes Strike over Worker Safety and Quality of Care

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October 7, 2021

Last Friday, nearly 2,000 healthcare workers at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., members of CWA Local 1133, went on strike after the hospital system failed to reach a fair agreement on a new contract. Issues on the table include understaffing, equipment shortages, low wages, and healthcare costs.

The workers had a transition plan in place for the strike, handing off patient care to managers on duty, and Local 1133 executive officers personally checked to make sure every patient was covered before the walkout.

An outpouring of support from community members, elected officials, and other union members has been a source of strength for these healthcare heroes, who have been risking their own safety to serve the community throughout the pandemic. Click here to learn more and support the strike.


CWAers on the picket line outside Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., demanding a fair contract.