BUFFALO, N.Y. — The CWA strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is now on its 11th day.
CWA Local 1133 tells Spectrum News 1 that bargaining resumed Monday morning with Catholic Health.
The union represents more than 2,000 health care workers at Mercy Hospital.
The union says it is looking for higher wages, and a better staff-to-patient ratio due to the dangerous situations that can occur if there are not enough health care workers available.
Catholic Health officials submitted what they call a comprehensive package and states that only the CWA has the ability to end the strike.
Workers like Diane Peach, who works in environmental services, are also hoping for resolution sooner rather than later. She's staying optimistic, but does admit being off the job this long can take a toll financially, even with help from the union and unemployment.
"I'm struggling right now,” she said. “I worry about I'm going to pay rent. How I'm going to pay my car insurance.”
But she has faith that union leaders will get them a new contract that takes care of workers from many different departments.
"Just hoping that they will give us what we want,” Peach said. “We can end this strike and go back to being there for our patients.”