PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Local healthcare workers gathered downtown on Wednesday to demand a change from their employers. Some people say they are so stretched that getting up and going to work every day often feels like a daunting task.
Workers held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night on the Rachel Carson Bridge. The candles represent the thousands of workers who have quit their jobs due to COVID working conditions throughout the pandemic.
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Several workers from both Allegheny Health Network and UPMC spoke about the damage the nationwide nurse shortage and other working conditions are taking to them.
They gather to claim a seat at the table when it comes to retention and staffing rate constraints, competitive salary increases, and more incentive to stay and grow.
Some workers tell how things are going right now. it also affects the care they can provide.
“It certainly comes at a cost and I know myself and a lot of my colleagues are struggling to get to work every day, deal with separate family issues, get sick and then have to go to work every day, ” said respiratory therapist AHN. Erin Williams.
The workers are hoping to capture the attention of hospitals and local leaders. KDKA has seen at least one local leader, Democratic Senator Lindsey Williams.
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