Catholic Health Workers United

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Sign the Petition!

The healthcare heroes who carried Western New York through this crisis deserve more than just nice words of appreciation - we demand: Safe staffing ratios, no concessions, competitive wages to recruit and retain staff, and a master contract to unite workers at three hospitals and raise standards. 

Tell Catholic Health: Protect Healthcare Workers and Our Patients!

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Bargaining Updates

September 18 - On September 16, the Catholic Health (CH) and Hospital bargaining committee put out a update that was full of misleading misinformation related to contract negotiations. The Union bargaining committee wants to be sure that you have an accurate, complete understanding of the open items in bargaining. Read more here.

September 16 - CHS has moved off their proposal for pensions and are now proposing to keep pension as current contract. As a result of their movement on the pension, they moved backwards on wages. They have now moved off a common table wage scale. Anyone without a wage scale will still not have a wage scale and the ones who have one will remain exactly the way it is. Many Mercy STC will remain off the scale where they have been for years. They also have not agreed to any upgrades. Read more here.

September 3 - Common Table Bargaining Update

September 3 - Catholic Health shows its true colors with misleading video attacking our pensions. Despite what the video tries to suggest, the union has not agreed to any changes to our pension benefits. What’s really happening is that CHS is trying to destroy our pension and retirement as part of their strategy to cut to the bone at our hospitals. Learn more here.

August 27 - On Tuesday, August 24 the Union and Catholic Health bargaining committees resumed negotiations after a one-week break. We are now meeting at a new location at the Gateway Office Building at 3556 Lakeshore Road, right across from the Ford Stamping Plant. We were greeted on our first day by the union Fat Cat who was at the entrance to the building! Read the full update here.

What We're Fighting For

We have spent the past 18 months tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, working longer hours and harder than ever before - but the problems of understaffing began long before March of 2020, and will continue beyond this current crisis. COVID-19 has simply made it more starkly clear than ever: when healthcare workers must care for more patients than they can safely handle, both patients and workers are at risk.

But Catholic Health is using the pandemic as an opportunity to cut our staffing, resources, and worker benefits to the bone. Healthcare workers repeatedly work short across the three hospitals. Housekeepers have double the rooms to clean. Nurses and aides are seeing assaults on the rise, without enough staff to respond.

Enough is enough.

Click here to read more.

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Decision to strike comes as new survey of frontline Catholic Health workers shows that severe staffing shortages are affecting quality of patient care, fueling high turnover.

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Union nurses and other frontline workers at Catholic Health, represented by the Communications Workers of America, issued the following statement in reaction to a baseless legal action by the hospi

August 25, 2021  |  Published by Spectrum News 1. 

Hear from Our Members

"It was a scary, dark place for me and my family, working with COVID patients and hoping not to bring it home to my family. I want people to understand what it felt like for me and how scared I still am."

Upcoming Events

September 28 and 29 - In Person Membership Meetings

September 28 - 3:30pm & 7:30pm

September 29 - 7:30am, 1:30pm, 7:30pm

Knights of Columbus, 261 S Legion Dr, Buffalo

Join us to get the latest updates on our contract negotiations, as well as details about the possible Mercy Hospital strike we voted 97% in favor of authorizing.