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Judge orders 28 UPMC protesters who blocked traffic to do community service

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| Monday, November 24, 2014 3:12 p.m
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'There is going to be democracy in that workplace, so help me God!,' screams Rev. Ron Wanless (right) with the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, during a rally in support of 28 UPMC workers and supporters arrested during a civil disobedience protest in July. The rally was held prior to a municipal court appearance by the protestors on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Wanless was arrested during the July protests.
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Samantha Claybon, middle, of Washington D.C., sings during a rally in support of 28 UPMC workers and supporters arrested during a civil disobedience protest in July. The rally was held prior to a municipal court appearance by the protestors on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Claybon, who was an intern with ACTION United at the time, was arrested during the July protests.
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Gabriella Jones-Casey, right, of Lawrenceville, and others sing during a rally in support of 28 UPMC workers and supporters arrested during a civil disobedience protest in July. The rally was held prior to a municipal court appearance by the protestors on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Jones-Casey was arrested in solidarity with UPMC employees during the July protests.

A judge on Monday ordered 28 people, including UPMC service workers and those who support higher wages for them, to perform 20 hours of community service for sitting in the middle of a busy Downtown street and blocking traffic this summer. The protesters, who were arrested in July during a protest to demand better wages from the region’s largest medical care provider, must complete the community service within 60 days, District Judge Randy C. Martini ordered. The charges against them will be dismissed if they complete their service during the allotted time. Those arrested July 30 were among about 400 protesters who gathered at Mellon Square Park at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Wlliam Penn Place before marching to UPMC’s corporate headquarters in the U.S. Steel Building.

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