Clarification re Two Tenet Hospitals and Union Communications on June 10 and 17, 2020October 7, 2020
On June 11, 2020, healthcare workers across Florida participated in actions outside of their workplaces to call for justice for George Floyd, organized by 1199SEIU Florida. As part of these actions, workers from St Mary' s·Medical Center knelt in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and held signs with messages such as "Healthcare Workers for Justice," "Healthcare Workers for Peace," and "Justice for Floyd." One participant carried a sign that said "People Over Profits" and another carried a sign stating "PPE Now." Those messages were not directed at St. Mary's Medical Center or Tenet Healthcare.
On June 17, 2020, the Union issued a press release regarding St Mary's Medical Center and North Shore Medical Center. The Union did not intend to disparage Tenet or its hospitals, or to suggest that Tenet and its hospitals are not concerned with the health and safety of patients, employees, and the community, and has agreed to retract the press release.
The Union and Tenet have committed to having better communication to avoid such misunderstandings in the future and to working together to address workers' concerns.