Three Local 250 vigilers--- me (MGH, Radiology), Marta Grover (SR
Radiology) and Melissa, (SR monitor tech) reacting to a favorable
response to the vigil by passers-by. Melissa is smiling now, but
earlier she was leading us in song at the SR hospital entrance.
Why am I, a Mercy Hospital employee, at this Sutter employee vigil?
Sutter and Mercy are rival hospital corporations in Sacramento and
we at Mercy have tended to view Sutter as a competitor. However,
now that I am part of a Union, I find that I identify more with
fellow healthcare workers (whoever they work for) than I do with
the owning corporations. Also, from a practical standpoint, we lift
each other up--Kaiser was the industry leader in terms of employee
wages and benefits, and we at MHS used Kaiser as a model and were
lifted up with the contract we got based on them. Now Sutter Roseville
Local 250 members can rightly insist that they be compensated according
to this lifted industry standard.