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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 10:55 p.m.

I am a nine-year UPMC employee and I read in the news story “UPMC defends tax-exempt status” (Sept. 19 and that UPMC is spending thousands of dollars to run a marketing campaign about where all its money goes.

I don't know where it spends its hundreds of millions of dollars in profit, but I do know that if I didn't pick up overtime, I would make well under $1,000 a month.

Even though I pay for UPMC health care, I get more bills than I can afford to pay. I am thousands of dollars in debt to my own employer.

I would love to have good credit, but each month I have to choose among paying for housing, health care and food. I am not ashamed to say that I have to visit the food bank sometimes and co-workers have had to take out loans to pay for lights. That's why we're forming a union.

Where does all of UPMC's money go? I don't know. But how can I work 50 hours a week for a $10 billion enterprise and still be poor? If UPMC wants people to know that it invests in the community, how about investing with the community members who work for it?

Leslie Poston


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