The Boston Globe covered Ayanna and the rest of the City Council's efforts to ensure that Tufts Medical support union rights amid a potential merger with Boston Medical Center:
City Council asks Tufts Medical Center to support union rights
By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
April 28, 2015
As Tufts Medical Center pursues a merger with Boston Medical Center, Boston city councilors, siding with a powerful labor union, are asking leaders at Tufts to sign an agreement supporting union rights.
The two teaching hospitals are in talks to combine their operations but have not yet reached a deal. The Service Employees International Union Local 1199, which already has about 2,500 members at Boston Medical Center, is trying to organize workers at Tufts as merger talks continue.
“As Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center consider a merger, it is important that we ensure the rights of the workers employed by these hospitals,”Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley said in a statement. “I am proud to stand with my colleagues to call for full support of the merger principles outlined by 1199SEIU and a merger agreement that allows for free and fair union organizing and elections.”