For Immediate Release

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Cynthia Brooke, Communications Director
Interfaith Worker Justice
(773) 728-8400 ext. 40

Interfaith Worker Justice to Issue Report Exposing Workers' Rights Violations at Ascension Health

IWJ to Join Michigan Nurses, Teamsters and National Nurses United at Press Conference to Announce Report's Findings

DETROIT - On Thursday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m., Kim
Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, will be joined by International Brotherhood of Teamsters General
President James P. Hoffa and National Nurses United Co-President Jean Ross, RN,
in calling for Ascension Health to address its ongoing labor relations
problems in Michigan.
Interfaith Worker Justice will be releasing the report, "A Fall
from Grace: Workers' Rights Abuses at Ascension Health's Michigan
Operations" which details the results of an investigation conducted by
religious leaders this past May.

Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest religious
advocacy organization focused on worker's rights, found egregious
violations of workers' rights based on interviews with workers and union
officials. The report examined ongoing labor relations problems at
Ascension's Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Genesys Regional
Medical Center in Grand Blanc, and St. John Macomb-Oakland hospitals in
Warren and Madison Heights.

Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Interfaith Worker
Fr. Norman Thomas, Pastor, Sacred Heart Church
Sr. Cathey DeSantis, Detroit Catholic Pastoral
Nina Bugbee, President, IBT Local 332 (Flint)
Technical bargaining unit worker from Genesys
Medical Center
James P. Hoffa, General President, International
Brotherhood of Teamsters
Jeff Breslin, RN, President, Michigan Nurses
Donna Farrell, RN at Borgess Medical Center
Jean Ross, RN, Co-President, National Nurses
Joan Smith, Detroit Interfaith Worker Justice

Press Conference

Thursday, July 15, 2010
10:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
1000 Eliot Street, Detroit, Mich. 48207


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Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

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