Protest http://wesa.fm en USPS Workers Protest Privatization http://wesa.fm/post/usps-workers-protest-privatization <p>The McKnight Road Staples store in Ross Township was covered in blue and red today as United States Postal Service (USPS) workers yelled “Whose post office? The people’s post office,” in protest of what they call a “sweetheart deal” to privatize the mail system through Staples.</p><p>The USPS has set up shop in 82 Staples stores across the country offering most postal counter services such as selling stamps, processing mail and sending packages. The USPS plans to expand the pilot program to 1,500 stores, but the “Stop Staples” movement is looking to put an end to the program.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:29:37 +0000 Jess Lasky 31082 at http://wesa.fm USPS Workers Protest Privatization Pittsburgh United Releases Report On UPMC Wages http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-united-releases-report-upmc-wages <p>Representatives of several organizations are set to gather outside of UPMC headquarters today to lobby in support of wage increases—and they might have some economic ammunition.</p><p>According to a report by the activist organization Pittsburgh United, raising wages to $15 an hour for UPMC service workers could benefit the region’s economy.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 25156 at http://wesa.fm UPMC Medical Transcriptionists Protest Payment Structure Changes http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-medical-transcriptionists-protest-payment-structure-changes <p>The <a href="http://www.upmc.com">University of Pittsburgh Medical Center</a> is once again facing the ire of some of its employees, but this time it has nothing to do with alleged union-busting tactics at the healthcare giant.</p><p>About 50 people gathered Wednesday outside the Steel Building where UPMC has its corporate offices to protest the outsourcing of the medical transcription department to a Massachusetts company called <a href="http://www.nuance.com/index.htm">Nuance</a>.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:10:56 +0000 Liz Reid 18984 at http://wesa.fm UPMC Medical Transcriptionists Protest Payment Structure Changes Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC http://wesa.fm/post/hundreds-protestors-stage-sit-outside-upmc <p></p><p>Hundreds of protestors sat down in the middle of Fifth Avenue in Oakland outside of UPMC Presbyterian Saturday, singing “Amazing Grace” and calling on the healthcare giant to make some major changes.</p><p>Christoria Hughes, 56, works in the dining hall at Presbyterian for $12/hour, and said the rally wasn’t just about the employees of UPMC.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 01:23:59 +0000 Liz Reid 16156 at http://wesa.fm Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC East Liberty Protesters March for Better Paying Jobs http://wesa.fm/post/east-liberty-protesters-march-better-paying-jobs <p>Hundreds of men, women and children sang, screamed and chanted outside of the East Liberty Target Wednesday to call out one of the nation’s largest low-wage employers.</p><p>Residents are demanding that the development taking place in the East End directly benefit the community.</p><p>According to protesters, Target entered a “gentleman’s agreement” with the community before the store was built, saying that the shopping giant would hire East Liberty residents and offer them well-paying jobs to revitalize the community.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:13:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 13676 at http://wesa.fm East Liberty Protesters March for Better Paying Jobs