Posted: May 1, 2012 2:58 PM by KSBY (Staff)
Updated: May 1, 2012 3:31 PM
Central Coast health care workers picketed over contract negotiations with Dignity Health on Tuesday.
Workers stood in front of Marian Medical Center in hopes of reaching a fair contract with the health care company. Diane Woods, Chief Steward for the union at Marian Medical Center, said "We're not asking for anything exorbitant. We basically want to keep our health care benefits the same. We want no subcontracting, we want to keep our pension the same, and we want to keep a minimal wage increase, but they have even mentioned cutting our wages."
Woods said that the contract negotiations have come to a standstill. She also said that union workers haven't received any proposal in writing, but that Dignity Health has mentioned cutting health care benefits. "We're health care employees. We give good health care to the patients that are here, and we feel we deserve the same," Woods said.
Dignity Health released a statement in response saying that they "respect the union's decision to picket." They also assure patients that the level of care they receive will not be impacted by the picketing, and they hope to resolve issues with the union in a professional manner.
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