Cabell Huntington Hospital workers overwhelmingly vote to send strike notice
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – More than 1,000 Cabell Huntington Hospital employees filtered into the DoubleTree ballroom in downtown Huntington on Wednesday evening to vote on sending a 10-day strike notice against Cabell Huntington Hospital.
District 1199 SEIU Regional Director Sherri McKinney said the strike vote was passed by an overwhelming majority on Thursday morning.
SEIU 1199 union representatives said they had been negotiating with the hospital for months. They want quality care, safe staff, health insurance coverage and salaries that allow them to support their families.
They say the hospital has come to the table with major concessions despite stable revenues and new developments.
“This is not the time, this is not the contract. This hospital is making record profits. They bought St. Mary’s Medical Center, they haven’t lost a dime since then, ”McKinney said. “They are about to build a $ 51 million office building. All the things that have been done, so why do we have to pay all of this on the backs of the workers. “
Cabell Huntington Hospital Human Resources Director Molly Frick has released a statement saying the current contract expires after November 2. “In the meantime, the hospital is committed to continuing negotiations in good faith in order to reach a fair and equitable agreement.”