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WHEREAS, the members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 have been on strike since October 1, 2013 at Dominican Hospital to protest working without a contract for over two years and  under the threat of the elimination of the guaranteed  40 hour work week;

WHEREAS, Dignity Health, the corporate owner of Dominican Hospital, has refused to bargain in good faith with the Union;

WHERAS, Dignity Health's continued intransigence on this labor dispute is putting their patients' health at risk, as untrained workers are replacing the highly skilled technicians in the Stationary Engineers Union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County supports its brothers and sisters of Local 39 and their strike for equitable and …

Sisters and Brothers, Friends: 

Last night the members of Local 39 ratified a deal with Dignity Corporation that will soon have them back to work serving patients and other hospital staff.  The deal includes the complete defense of the guaranteed 40 hour workweek, an issue totally central to the workers bargaining struggle and one that is important to our community at large.  We believe there are other wage issues involved in the settlement but do not have those details now. 

Thank you all for being on the picket line.  For those of you who came to the line at a moment's notice last night, a special thank you for responding to my call and that of the union.

Regardless of the lack of press coverage about this important strike (two and a half…

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