Kiernan Colby

Unite for Dignity and Respect

It’s 7PM the first time I answer the phone. “Hi. My name’s Amy,” I hear on the other end, “I’m calling because we need a union at my clinic.”

For twenty years, Amy has worked as a radiology technician at the San Luis Obispo Diagnostic Center, a local, outpatient, imaging center. Amy was generally happy with her job taking care of patients. Then one day, the doctor who owned the clinic decided to sell it to Dignity Health, a statewide corporation.

Changes started happening fast. Staffing was cut, forcing Amy and her coworkers to work shorthanded. The new director of the clinic was condescending and rude: when Amy and her coworker Michelle went to him to address a concern about patient care, he dismissed them out of hand.

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