BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — CWA members have now been on the picket line for a week.
But Friday morning, CWA leaders and Catholic Health will be back at the bargaining table to try and reach a deal. This comes after a busy night, as striking workers got lots of support from other unions.
And in return, the strikers showed support for their patients.
Hundreds of CWA union workers lined the streets outside Mercy Hospital for a candlelight vigil to honor the patients inside.
Labor representatives, including those from New York State United Teachers and United Auto Workers were also on-site to show their support as the strike goes on.
Still, the two parties have not struck a deal they both can agree on.
In a statement, a Catholic Health spokesperson says rather than having a sense of urgency to get employees back to work, union leaders have instead coordinated pickets and rallies.
But union members remain on the picket line until the hospital system meets their demands.
On Friday morning, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released a statement in support of the CWA workers:
“Every New Yorker deserves a fair wage and a safe work environment, and it’s unacceptable that Catholic Health System is refusing to provide these basic benefits to its workers. During the pandemic, these very hospital workers have put their lives on the line every day to save others and protect our communities, yet in return, they have been forced to deal with dangerous levels of understaffing and denied fair treatment. I stand in solidarity with all the members of CWA who are on strike and echo their demands for real pay, real support, and real safety. It’s time that Catholic Health System give these workers what they deserve.”NYS Attorney General Letitia James