Mercy Hospital workers' vote authorizes strike

Workers at Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., have voted 96 percent in favor of strike authorization, according to WIVB.

This means the 2,200 nurses, technologists, service and clerical workers, represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1133, have the authority to call a strike if they so choose. However, it does not mean a strike will take place.

Union representatives said they are unhappy with the hospital's latest contract offer and hope the two sides can reach a new deal, according to the report. Among the sticking points are staffing levels, the condition of facilities, equipment and work conditions.

In response to the union's vote, the hospital issued a statement expressing disappointment in the possibility of a strike.

"We strongly feel that a strike is not the answer and does not serve the best interests of our associates. We see a strike as a measure of last resort, when all methods of good faith bargaining have been exhausted. That is not the case here and we remain ready and willing to work with the union to come to mutual agreement on all outstanding issues when they are willing to do the same," the hospital said.

If the union does decide to call a strike, the hospital said it is "fully prepared to provide uninterrupted care and service" to meet patients' medical needs.


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