Piggybacking on President Obama’s executive order raising the minimum wage employees of companies contracting with the federal government, foes of UPMC rallied outside the federal building calling for the healthcare conglomerate to raise wages for its low level employees.
Though they make more than the–now $10 per hour–federal minimum, some at the rally said they still require public aid such as food stamps to get by.
The protesters set up a food bank outside the Federal Building on Liberty Avenue, on Feb. 3, for UPMC workers who say they are unable to afford groceries. One of the, Leslie Poston, held up a full page ad UPMC placed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a week earlier saying it “is one of the largest community supporters of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.”
“Myself and a lot of co-workers visit those food banks because we don’t have enough money to make ends meet,” she said. “To me that (ad) is a slap in the face.”
Poston, who works full-time, said she takes home about $350 a week.