Clergy and political leaders to monitor election campaign at Memorial Hospital

NewsDecember 11, 2009

Fr. Ray Decker of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice announces the Fair Election Oversight CommissionA group of prominent political leaders, scholars, and religious leaders have formed a commission to protect workers’ rights in the hotly contested Dec. 17 union vote at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

The 17-member Fair Election Oversight Commission includes Santa Rosa City Councilmember Veronica Jacobi and will be chaired by Monsignor John Brenkle and JoAnn Consiglieri. Brenkle is the pastor of St. Helena Catholic Church; Consiglieri is a former member of Memorial Hospital’s founding order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice has called the anti-union campaign by management at Santa Rosa Memorial “a violation of Catholic Social Teaching on workers’ rights.”

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