Grocery Workers Stand With Beverly Nurses to Demand Quality Care

January 2012

In what proved to be another great day for the Beverly Nurses, a delegation of ten grocery workers went to Beverly Hospital today to join our fight for quality care.

The delegation of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428 members, led by Secretary-Treasurer Mark Ramos, sought to meet with Beverly CEO Gary Kiff. Kiff, saying he was unavailable, sent Human Resources Administrator John Barnes to meet with the delegation instead. They presented a letter of support for the nurses to Kiff.

The meeting was personal for one of the delegation. “I attended because I’m a union member like the nurses at Beverly Hospital, but also because my grandmother was recently treated at Beverly,” said grocery worker Mike Martinez. “It’s important for the hospital to stop stalling. Only through a contract can we ensure that Beverly Hospital will provide quality and safe care for the community.”

“Everyone knows that nurses are the backbone of any hospital,” said Secretary Treasurer Mark Ramos, “and that’s why today we join the Beverly Nurses in support of their efforts for a collective bargaining agreement at Beverly Hospital. We stand with our union sisters and brothers, the Beverly Nurses, as they stood with us in our recent struggle.”

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