Toledo mayor calling for an end to Mercy strike

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 3:28 PM EDT
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Thursday marks four days on the picket line for hundreds of Mercy Health workers.

"I love this place. I love taking care of patients," Pat Kovar, a registered nurse at Mercy said. "I was proud to be here. I'm not proud anymore."

The sting of failed negotiations is still fresh for Kovar. A registered nurse for more than 30 years, she has some choice words for Mercy management.

"I'm disgusted because when the nuns started these hospitals, they did what was right. That's why I worked for Mercy," she said.

Right now, there's no indication that either side is ready to come back to the table. It's a stalemate that has caught the attention of city leaders.

"You're never going to resolve your differences if you're not even talking to each other," Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.

During a press conference Thursday, Kapszukiewicz called the strike unpleasant and unnecessary. He adds that Mercy Health needs to be willing to make moves toward progress.

"It's not enough to meet where the meeting would simply be laying the ground work for future considerations of eventual savings that could, perhaps, one day, after task forces are formed, move the needle," he said.

That being said, he also recognizes that the hospital is in a tough spot, as the health care industry continues to change. But he says enough is enough. It's time to get the deal done.

"I see it as my role to help- men and women, moms and dads, sons and daughters - get this resolved and get back to what they love doing," said the mayor.

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