Abandoning patients

In Massachusetts, SEIU members who work in the mental health field abandoned their patients to picket for higher wages.

Hundreds of Western Massachusetts mental health workers are continuing a three-day strike protesting a contract stalemate with a taxpayer-funded social service agency.

Strikes continue for a second day at the offices of Clinical & Support Options, which provides emergency mental health intervention and substance abuse treatment for thousands of children and families. Some 350 front-line clinicians and crisis workers represented by SEIU Local 509 are calling for higher wages and increased benefits, according to union spokesman Jason Stephany…

CSO’s president says the union’s demands are unworkable noting about 90 percent of its budget comes from government sources.

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