World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 25 Mar, 2021 05:45 am

UFCW Local 1445 announces deal to avert a strike, isolating striking nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts

UFCW Local 1445 announces deal to avert a strike, isolating striking nurses in Worcester, Massachusetts
The deal averts a strike by its 600 members, less than a week after they joined nurses already striking at the hospital in an informational picket.

In a for-profit system that places a primacy on cost-cutting and profits for shareholders, health care workers, including personal care assistants, housekeepers, pulmonary technicians, operating room aides, and secretaries, are consistently understaffed.Hailed as “heroes,” health care workers have been taken for granted by a capitalist system that squeezes them for profit, risking their lives and the lives of their patients.Health care workers represented by the UFCW Local 1445 are overworked and underpaid, but the deal reached does little to address their main grievance.” However, it is the collaborative relationship between the UFCW and the profit-motivated health care conglomerate that is responsible for the undignified conditions health care workers and patients of St.

Good health care must be driven by rational policies based on science.The health care workers of St.

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