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Teamsters, Religious Leaders Call on Ascension Health to Respect Rights of Workers, Patients and Communities
Date:3/12/2010

ent, Nina Bugbee shared the challenges the local and workers have faced during their negotiations with the company.

"Ascension Genesys also wants to stop the current pension fund and instead wants employees to pay for their own retirement in a tax-deferred savings plan," Bugbee said. "They want to chop wages by 2 percent and eliminate the health care protections that have been promised to retired workers."

"This about solidarity," said Robert Gartner, Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 6 in St. Louis.  

"Ascension is treating its patients, its workers and its community in Flint badly. This outrageous behavior by a St. Louis corporate citizen is unacceptable. Corporate excess is a problem everywhere, and that is why we are out here today."

The Rev. Martin Rafanan, Chair of the Workers' Rights Board of Missouri Jobs with Justice, led the rally and vigil participants in prayer.


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