It's bordering on freezing in the Poconos today, but that isn't stopping brave SEIU members from taking the fight for the middle class outside to a picket line. These incredible health care workers start a three day strike calling out unfair labor practices.
You can read more about the strike below.
As I mentioned in my first post, I wanted to see how much of the food solidarity we can spread around the country. Today, these union members could use some pizza love. There is even a special today- two pizza's for $17 bucks! Can you send a pizza or two to the Pocono Picket Line?
Give Kasa's a call at 570-476-7636 and ask for the pizza to be delivered to the Union RV.
Kasa's is a fantastic family owner pizza shop- and they serve more than pizza. Salads, hoagies, chicken, seafood, pasta- and other yummy food too. If you are feeling adventurous, you can order something beyond pizza.
Look for an update tomorrow with pictures from the picket line.
Background on the Strike
"Pocono Medical Center (PMC) in East Stroudsburg, PA is forcing hundreds of frontline caregivers – members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – out on a second unfair labor practice strike, Tuesday, March 15th through Thursday, March 17th, 2011. PMC workers previously conducted a one-day unfair labor practice strike on February 9th. Like workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere who are standing up for the right to collective bargaining and in support of middle class jobs, PMC workers – nursing assistants, environmental and food service workers, lab workers, clerical employees , skilled maintenance employees and others –are fighting back against an assault on democracy and workers’ rights in our state.
While all economic aspects of the contract have been settled, management continues to try and force workersat Pocono Medical Center to accept an open shop - a strategy both sides know is designed to weaken and ultimately break the union at PMC. PMC workers voted overwhelmingly in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-certified election last fall to keep their “union shop,” but PMC management is refusing to honor the workers’ democratic vote, forcing the workers out on the picket line for a second time."