Pittsburgh City Council votes unanimous support of fired UPMC workers involved in union efforts

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Pittsburgh City Council members stood in support this morning of former UPMC workers who claimed they were illegally fired for supporting efforts to unionize.

"I believe strongly in the fundamental right of a workplace to organize," Councilman Bruce Kraus said at a press conference.

City Council later voted unanimously on a resolution to support the fired workers, calling for UPMC to reinstate them.

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board charged UPMC with 19 violations against workers involved in unionizing efforts. At the time, UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said the NLRB "has not determined that UPMC has violated any labor laws and any representation that a violation has been found is false."

Ron Oakes, 58, of Green Tree, claimed he was illegally fired on two occasions and is among the reasons UPMC is now facing charges. He worked transporting patients at UPMC Presbyterian and said he was let go because he was educating his colleagues about union efforts.

"It is time for UPMC to stop harassing workers and put an end to its anti-worker campaign," he said.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com 412-263-2533. Twitter: @MoriahBee. First Published October 8, 2013 8:23 AM


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