An Alternative to Raises

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s non-medical employees have been campaigning for union representation, suggesting their current wages leave many workers dangerously close to poverty. Though raises haven’t materialized, UPMC (according to a November Pittsburgh City Paper story) has sympathy for its employees’ plight. In a November UPMC newsletter, it announced it was setting up “UPMC Cares” food banks. Employees (presumably better-paid ones) were urged to “donate nonperishable food items to stock employee food pantries that will be established on both [UPMC campuses].” One astonished worker’s response: “I started to cry.”