St. Joe’s Healthcare Workers Complain of ‘Substandard Working Conditions’ and ‘Poverty Wages’
Hospital service and technical workers will be on the Gazebo sharing information, answering questions, and providing first-hand accounts of the substandard working conditions at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna. Workers seek more public support, as they are currently engaged in a struggle for decent wages, better working conditions, and, ironically, affordable health insurance.
St. Joe’s Health System, which operates the Eureka and Fortuna hospitals, underpays its workers in Humboldt, with wages far below industry and regional standards, leaving caregivers unable to cover basic living expenses. These poverty wages cause significant harm to its workforce and surrounding communities, and plays a huge role in impoverishing the local economy.
Many St. Joseph caregivers, even those with years of service at these hospitals, struggle to support families while working full time and must rely on public assistance to make ends meet. St. Joe’s pays its top executive in the millions (the equivalent of $1,000 an hour), and while St. Joe’s hospitals in Humboldt pay no taxes and reported almost $100 million in profit over the past 4 years, the workers who keep these hospitals functional (i.e. nursing assistants, housekeepers, transporters, lab assistants), make substandard wages between $10.90 and $12 an hour. See the report, Uncompensated Care: How St. Joseph’s Low Wages Leave Caregivers Behind at http://nuhw.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Uncompensated-Care-St-Joseph-Humboldt-County.pdf
Who: St. Joseph’s Service and Technical Workers, members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
When: Saturday, November 7, 6 p.m. at Arts Alive!
Where: Old Town Gazebo, 2nd and F Streets, Eureka CA 95501