Labor Day: In Kansas City, Research & Menorah Hospital Workers Fight for Better Staffing and Wages

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(September 4th, 2017 – LABOR DAY) — Hospital workers at Research and Menorah Medical Centers rallied for a fair contract that raises wages and calls for better staffing as part of a national day of action to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to join a union.

Fast food workers at STAND UP KC went on strike today and joined hospital workers at Research Medical Center in solidarity in a series of rallies across the city.

Check out some of the amazing press from the Labor Day rallies:

Kansas City CH 5: Labor Day: Research & Menorah Hospital Workers Fight for Better Staffing & Wages

Kansas City Fox CH 4: On Labor Day Fast Food Workers & Hospital Workers Fight for $15 and a Union!

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“Dot” Morgan, a unit secretary at Research, spoke at the rally.

“I’ve seen the union difference in my time here at the hospital and every worker in this nation deserves the right to have a voice on the job!

“No matter what industry you are working in whether that is the food industry, health care, or others people are out there working hard every day and it is important to know that your labor and the work of you and your co-workers is respected and people are being treated fairly.

“We are out here doing today letting management know that we want a CONTRACT NOW and we want those increases that respect our work and allow us to continue to provide quality care for our patients and still provide for our families.”

Demetria Gordon, a patient care technician, also spoke at the rally:

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“We are exercising our rights as hard working Americans to say that we are worth MORE!

“As anyone that works here at RMC knows, they say in their mission statement that “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

“We are giving the hospital the chance to put their money where their mouth is and prove that they care about improving the lives of everyday hardworking health care workers! They are committed to caring about the improvement of human life and so are we.

“If you believe that your mission as on organization is to improve human life than there are a couple thousand workers, their families, and their communities that you can help improve by agreeing to fair raises and increases!”

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