BUFFALO, N.Y. — The strike at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been taking place now for a week.

It continues as the CWA 1133 union representing more than 2,000 health care workers at Mercy Hospital alone tries to come to an agreement with Catholic Health.

The parties last met on Tuesday to attempt to negotiate a new contract. Talks continue with sticking points being better staffing and wages.

On Wednesday, Catholic Health President and CEO Mark Sullivan urged the community to tell CWA Local 1133 members to end the ongoing strike. He says the strike is straining other area hospital emergency rooms and that the overflow did not have to happen.

Catholic Health officials submitted a comprehensive package more than a week ago and say that only the CWA has the ability to end the strike.

Spectrum News 1 has reached out to CWA leaders for comment and are waiting to hear back.