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Healthcare workers rally for better benefits, wages

Baltimore Sun, June 25, 2010

Hundreds of Baltimore healthcare workers — many who say they can't afford care from the hospitals where they're employed — demanded better wages and benefits at a rally Thursday where actor and activist Danny Glover was on hand to back their cause. Some workers came from work, still dressed in scrubs, to tell their stories about juggling bills to make it on small salaries. Many talked about holding side jobs. They were nurse's assistants, laundry workers and those who check in patients and serve them food. The Service Employees International Union staged the rally at Mount Vernon Square to pressure more hospitals and nursing homes to allow their workers to unionize. Less than 10% of Maryland hospital workers belong to unions.