This November, illegally fired UPMC workers Jim Staus, Ron Oakes and Al Turner rejected UPMC’s offer of big money to walk away from their coworkers and their fight to form their union. Within weeks, their courage was vindicated when a federal administrative judge ruled that “UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside has engaged in such egregious and widespread misconduct so as to demonstrate a general disregard for employees’ statutory rights," and ordered UPMC to put them back to work and pay them back pay since the time of their firing.
UPMC is appealing.
On December 17th, let’s offer thanks to workers who stand up for our city and get a bit of holiday cash in their pockets while they carry on their fight with UPMC. Please join the United Steelworkers, the Allegheny County Labor Council, Pittsburgh United, City Council member Natalia Rudiak, and Rev. Rodney Lyde at a special holiday fundraiser for Jim Staus, Ron Oakes, and Al Turner.
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the US Steelworkers Building (60 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh PA 15222). Free Parking for Guests in Boulos Parking Lot (114 Boulevard of the Allies): Print out the registration page to place on your dashboard; if you don't have a printer, someone on the first floor of the Steelworkers building can provide a copy.)
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment – RSVP Online: Click Here
To donate by check, pay to the Order of: "SEIU Healthcare PA UPMC Workers Hardship Fund" (with "Ron, Al, & Jim" on the Memo line), and hand in at the door on the 17th or mail to
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
UPMC Workers Hardship Fund
1500 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
A poignant short film about one of the fired workers can be viewed online.