Union for service workers at Strong Hospital and U of R will vote on whether to go on strike
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — News10NBC has learned that the 1199SEIU Union, which represents service workers at Strong Hospital and the University of Rochester River Campus, will vote on whether to go on strike.
The union and the University of Rochester have had 26 sessions to talk about their demands and they still haven’t come to an agreement. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, they will vote whether to go on strike.
This comes after the 1199SEIU Union held an informational picket on Monday outside of Strong Hospital’s emergency department. Their goal was to increase public knowledge for union members’ fight for increased wages and a quality benefits package.
Union president Tracey Harrison says their demands were not met during the sessions.
“The workers are frustrated. They are extremely disappointed,” he said. “They’ve worked for three years throughout the COVID pandemic, even before called it working short staffed. They still showed up each day, giving 100%. Again, through COVID and even now, they’re still showing up and giving 100%, being part of a care team, trying to deliver the highest level of care and support and or services for students.”
If the vote is “yes”, the union will have to give a 10 day notice and the strike can last up to two days. News10NBC has reached out to UR Medicine for a statement but have not heard back.