WHEREAS, the members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 have been on strike at Dignity Health's St. Francis, St. Mary's, Sequoia and Dominican facilities to protest substandard wages and benefits since October 1, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Dignity Health has shown poor faith in this dispute, attempting to curtail Local 39's picketing, filing a Complaint in the San Mateo County Superior Court and charges with the National Labor Relations Board, attempting to remove Chief Engineers of Local 39 from the bargaining unit, and other anti-worker actions; and
WHERAS, Dignity's continued intransigence on this labor dispute is putting their patients' health at risk, as many patients and other professionals will not cross the picket line;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports its brothers and sisters of Local 39 and their strike for equitable and fair compensation at Dignity Health facilities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party asks the management of Dignity Health to resolve this matter swiftly by submitting to binding arbitration, as proposed by Local 39, and acting in a manner that is befitting a company that has adopted the word "dignity" as part of its moniker.
Author: John Burton, Chairman, California Democratic Party