Workers at the GWU Hospital have not rested since their Valentine’s Day rally, filing an unfair labor charge against “mercenary” law firm Fisher Phillips. 1199 SEIU, which represents the hospital workers, says Fisher Phillips “has garnered a reputation as a vicious union-busting organization,” but that the union hasn’t been an easy target. For over a year, the 150 hospital workers there have fought for a new contract while fending off questionable tactics from management, like withholding thousands in back pay and writing members up for trivial violations. “I am proud of what I do, and I do a good job, despite how I’m being treated,” says Yolanda Espana, a GWUH housekeeper for the past 10 years. “We will stay united. They have the money, but we have the power.”
-adapted from the most recent issue of 1199 Magazine
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