UPMC neglects its own
I am a nine-year UPMC employee and I read in the news story “UPMC defends tax-exempt status” (Sept. 19 and TribLIVE.com) 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?
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