SEIU Ramps Up Organizing Efforts at UPMC Hospitals

Service Employees International Union Healthcare of Pennsylvania has increased its organizing efforts at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, and the health system responded by holding a meeting with board members and union advocates, according to a Pittsburgh Business Times report.

SEIU has focused on UPMC since February. As one of the state's largest employers, UPMC has successfully avoided major unionizations in the past: In 1970, an employee vote for SEIU representation failed. It faltered again in 1998. About 395 of UPMC's 50,000 employees — from UPMC McKeesport Hospital and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic — are currently represented by the union.

The union is now focusing on UPMC's Magee, Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals. This week, union members, local elected officials and clergy members attended a UPMC board meeting.

One attendee, Rev. John Welch, requested board members sign a petition to not thwart union discussions or organizing efforts. Board members said they would review that petition before acting.

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