Cabell Huntington Hospital workers overwhelmingly vote to send strike notice

West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK)—Over 1,000 Cabell Huntington Hospital workers filtered through the ballroom at the DoubleTree in downtown Huntington on Wednesday evening to vote on whether to send a 10-day strike notice against Cabell Huntington Hospital.

According to SEIU District 1199 Regional Director, Sherri McKinney, the strike vote overwhelmingly passed on Thursday morning.

Union representatives from the SEIU 1199 said they had been negotiating for months with the hospital. They want quality care, safe staffing, health insurance coverage and wages that allow them to support their families.

They say the hospital came to the table with major concessions despite steady revenue and new developments.

“This isn’t the time, this isn’t the contract. This hospital makes record profits. They purchased St. Mary’s Medical Center, they’ve never lost a dime since then,” said McKinney. “They’re about to build a $51 million office building. All of the things that have been done, so why do we need to pay for all of that off of the backs of workers.”

The Cabell Huntington Hospital Director of Human Resources, Molly Frick, released a statement saying that the current contract expires after November 2. “In the meantime, the hospital is committed to continuing good faith negotiations in order to reach a fair and equitable agreement.”

Thursday afternoon, union representatives hand-delivered the official ten-day strike notice to Cabell Huntington Hospital executives.

“We’ll be at the table in good faith on Tuesday and Wednesday in hopes that we can get a fair and equitable contract with no concessions… If it doesn’t happen then we will walk out of that building on November third and we’ll be on strike,” McKinney says.

After the notice was issued, a spokesperson for the hospital told 13 News that they stand by their previous statement, that the contract does not expire until the second of November and they will continue to negotiate in good faith with the bargaining unit until they reach an agreement—despite the notice.

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