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I read the article "UPMC Says It Does Not Have Employees" (Oct. 22), and I am scratching my head. I have been a housekeeper at UPMC Presby for 12 years.

This isn't the first time UPMC has tried to claim it has no employees. In January, faced with more than 80 alleged violations of unfair labor practices, the $10 billion health system tried to tell the National Labor Relations Board that it had no employees.

Now, it's the same thing all over again.

The real issue is UPMC simply does not know how to treat workers. From paying service workers a median $12.18 hourly wage to its aggressive attempts to silence workers who speak out to form a union, UPMC continues to push us around.

I am among the 55,000 workers who help make UPMC the quality health system that it is. UPMC is the county's largest private landowner and the city and state's largest employer. It is shocking the lengths that UPMC will go to shirk its responsibilities to workers and the city of Pittsburgh to get out of paying its fair share.

DAVE EMERY
South Side


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