Catholic Health has spent the pandemic buying real estate instead of fixing understaffing issues that overburden workers and put patients’ lives at risk. Mercy Hospital workers have walked off the job to demand new priorities.
Our leaders’ tendency toward imperial arrogance is often recognized, especially when we lose a war. But it is not often suspected that our leaders reflect a broader professional class insularity and blindness that is toxic abroad as well as at home.
As corporations fail to meet worker demands, they are increasingly encountering a labor force that isn’t going to take it. They are striking; they are picketing; they are demanding fair contracts. They are forming new unions. It's a beautiful thing.