MNA Strike Support
Tell Congress to investigate Tenet and other large hospital systems
There is ample evidence to suggest that Tenet Healthcare used COVID-relief funds to improperly expand its business, enrich its executives and shareholders, and prioritize the company’s bottom line over patients and caregivers.
Despite being flush with taxpayer-funded stimulus money, Tenet has refused to increase staffing or invest in its caregivers who put their lives on the line during the pandemic. The company is refusing to offer market rate raises to its workers in Southern California or implement safe staffing levels in Massachusetts.
Tenet has received $2.6 billion in COVID relief funds that were intended to stabilize healthcare facilities responding to the pandemic. Tenet received $899 million in direct aid from the federal CARES Act Provider Relief Funds, $1.4 billion in Medicare Advance Payments, which serve as an interest free loan, $260 million in deferral of payroll tax match and $14 million in state and local COVID-related grant programs.
After receiving billions in public dollars, Tenet ended 2020 with a $399 million net profit and $2.5 billion in cash reserves, more than double its cash balance in any quarter during the past 10 years. The company also used nearly $500 million in cash to pre-pay debt that was not due for four years.
An investigation is urgently needed to investigate these matters, evaluate the actions of other large health systems, and identify steps needed to recoup any misappropriated funds.
Over 100 days on the picket line
Other ways to get involved
LAWN SIGNS AND BUTTONS
Stop by the Strike HQ at
11 E. Central St. in Worcester and pick up “We Support the St. Vincent Nurses” lawn signs and buttons – take as many as you need for yourself, your organization and family and friends. Wear your buttons wherever you go! (Use the form below to request lawn signs).
ADOPT A DAY ON THE LINE!
Picketing during the strike will take place from 6AM-12AM. Your family, organization or union can help us to maintain a robust picket line by adopting a day on the line. It’s such a kick for the nurses to have folks join them. Please let Sandy Ellis know if you have a group that can adopt-a-day and what day and time. Sandy can be reached at email@example.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Help keep the media coverage alive by sending a letter to the editor in support of the nurses’ fight for patient safety and calling on Tenet Corp to get to the table and settle a contract that includes the protections patients and nurses deserve. Click here for guidelines on how to submit a letter to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.