10 Faith Leaders Arrested while Protesting UMPC

Members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network staged a protest at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday, which resulted in 10 members of the group being arrested.

The protestors arrived at UPMC with the stated intention of meeting with the medical center’s CEO Jeffrey Romoff in order to discuss ways to seek wage increases for UPMC employees. The group was refused entrance to the building, and then blocked the entrance in protest. Police were called and 10 of the Interfaith Network members were arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  They were later charged with trespassing.

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network is part of a roughly 18 month ongoing series of protests at UPMC aimed at helping employees unionize. This latest incident is likely to further fuel the protests, and one reverend with the movement has already stated the subsequent protests will be “larger than they anticipate.”

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