The next 24 hours are critical in the battle for a new East End hospital, workers and Howard University. A final vote by the DC City Council on the East End Hospital is scheduled for tomorrow, with two crucial amendments at stake, one ensuring that workers at the new hospital will be protected by a union contract, the other that Howard medical students and residents can continue to be trained there. Universal Health Services, the Mayor and Councilmember Gray have threatened to kill the East End Hospital if these two measures remain part of the legislation, but “We must continue the fight and make sure the DC Council does not abandon workers or Howard University,” says Metro Washington Council Political Director David Dzidzienyo. DCNA, SEIU 1199, other unions, community leaders and Howard University urge turnout at the DC City Council vote – 9:30a at the Wilson Building – as well as calls and letters to Council members to support all labor-proposed amendments. Click here for sample letter and contact info.
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