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It took 11 years, but CWA Local 1180 never gave up its fight with NYC Health + Hospitals to unionize Assistant Directors. That battle finally paid off with an OCB decision that granted the Union the right to accrete hundreds of hospital workers in the title. Just how many ADs there are throughout H+H remains the question, however, as the citywide corporation that operates the public hospitals and clinics is pushing back. Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton said the Union has asked H+H for a complete list of all Assistant Directors with contact information but has yet to receive a response other than they are working on it. Middleton said that reply is not sufficient.
“H+H should easily be able to push a button and produce a list of everyone on their payroll in the title of Assistant Director. If they can’t, then that’s a much larger problem and speaks volumes about the way that H+H is run,” she said. In the meantime, Local 1180 is doing everything it can to find those in the Assistant Director title by making sure 1180 Shop Stewards who work at H+H find any ADs they can and have them contact the Union, sending an email to all H+H 1180 members asking them to get involved in the organizing committee, and of course, continuing to pressure H+H for the list.
The Union has also made every Thursday until H+H concedes, a DAY OF ACTION called WE WEAR RED. Unions that represent members who work in H+H facilities can show their support for and solidarity with Local 1180 by asking their members to wear red on every Thursday until management turns over a complete list of everyone in the Assistant Director title. If any union does have members who participate by wearing red and can take photos, please email them along with the name of your union to @" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">@