Arroyo Grande Hospital employees protest poor wages
August 11, 2013
Arroyo Grande Hospital employees held a protest on Saturday against Dignity Health over lower than market wages.
The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, say they want the same pay as Marian Regional Medical Center and French Hospital Medical Center employees. Union workers at the other two hospitals make about 10 percent more for doing the same work.
Catholic Healthcare West, which operated the two San Luis Obispo County and the one Santa Maria hospital, changed its name in Jan. 2012 to Dignity Health and allegedly cut its affiliation with the Catholic Church. Shortly after the split, French and Marian hospital employees announced plans for a strike if Dignity Health was unable to come to an agreement on new contracts.
The agreements were signed, but not with employees at Arroyo Grande Hospital.
The union is currently trying to negotiate a contract similar to those at the other two hospitals locally operated by Dignity Health. If an agreement is not reached, employees are planning further protests.
The hospital chain now known as Dignity Health, a non-profit, posted $917 million in profits in 2010-11.