The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Attacks Workers

May 4, 2020

Children’s National Hospital, one of the Washington, D.C. area’s largest employers and the largest provider of pediatric care in the city, asked its 6,000 workers to take a week off by mid June. Management told workers to go without pay for their week off or use paid leave. Administrators claim workers must sacrifice now to prepare the hospital’s finances for the next round of the virus.

Children’s stands to save no more than 10 million dollars if workers comply. But why should they? The hospital normally pays its top two dozen bosses a combined total of 40 million dollars. Cut THEIR pay. Let the bosses see what it means to “help sustain financial operations!”

The same day, the hospital’s infectious disease division chief told reporters the hospital is seeing more children with coronavirus, with and without other health problems—many of whom need critical care in the intensive care unit. Experts in children’s injuries expect a “huge spike” in injuries while schools are closed.

Care for children won’t benefit from workers being forced to take vacations. This policy only benefits the money grubbers who control health care.