St. Mary's Medical Center employees rally for union

St. Mary's Medical Center employees rally for a union. (WCHS/WVAH)

Hospital workers from St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington held a rally.

Some staff said they are working to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions through a union membership.

Community members and other supporters gathered with workers at 28th Street and Third Avenue on Monday to march to the medical center.

"We fall well behind our parent hospital across town. They've been represented by the union for more than 40 years. They've done well by them, and I hope that we can share with that," mechanic Dwayne Garner told Eyewitness News.

Several other speakers also were featured at the rally.

A spokesman for St. Mary's Medical Center said, however, that hospital officials believe most of the people at the rally were not St. Mary's employees.

"The event was an attempt by the service employees’ union to get employee attention and support for an election after four months of failed efforts," the St. Mary's spokesman said "St. Mary’s provides market competitive wages and is among only 3 percent of employers in the nation that offer free health insurance to employee families."

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