BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, around 100 caregivers walked out of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston, demanding better pay and a fair union contract.
Representatives from the 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East tell WBZ NewsRadio in a statement that workers believe a new contract would improve jobs and safeguard care.
"At one of the richest healthcare institutions in Massachusetts, it is inexcusable that caregivers are earning as little as $15.45 an hour. Healthcare workers have faced unimaginable hardship and made incredible sacrifices over the past three years, and deserve better," a 1199SEIU spokesperson said.
The Faulkner Hospital employees walked out of the building during their lunch break to chant and picket outside.
WBZ NewsRadio reached out to Brigham and Women's Hospital for a statement on the protest.
"Our goal has been, and remains, to reach a fair agreement that supports and recognizes the critical work of our staff in providing high-quality care to our patients. We continue to work towards that goal," said BWFH Executive Director of Human Resources Laura Barnett.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.