Nurses and their supporters rallied in Des Moines to call for higher wages and the right to form a labor union.
Dozens of hospital workers marched to a spot across the street from Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage. The pastor at Trinity Las Americas Methodist Church on the north side of the city, Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, was among the leaders of the rally.
“Did you know that Iowa is No. 50 in pay for nurses?" he asks. "That’s not right. We have to change that, right?”
The crowd of labor supporters also called for the right of health-care employees to unionize. Certified Nursing Assistant Amy Smith says she makes $13 per hour, which is not enough.
“We need a voice so we can look out for our patients better," she says. "I think anybody in healthcare can tell you, we just want what’s best for our patients and we want to get by.”