Gundersen union workers rally for higher wages

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A group of Gundersen Health System union employees is calling on executives to increase wages.

Employees and union leaders held a rally outside the La Crosse hospital Monday.

Those workers say they also want to increase staff numbers.

“We’re hoping that if we can get enough financial help in our wages, then that’ll help get people to want to come to Gundersen,” said Jill King, an Environmental Assistant who works at the hospital. “It’s a good place to work, it just needs to pay better wages for the staff that we need.”

The union also launched a mobile billboard today.

Gundersen Health System released a statement that reads in part:

“Gundersen has been negotiating in good faith to honor our union staff by offering the same substantial wage investment we are implementing for the rest of our staff in order to foster a caring team effort and provide care to all the communities we serve. Despite the union’s approach, Gundersen will continue to honor the collective bargaining process and not discuss specifics in public.”

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