“It’s Just Very Discouraging A Health Care Facility ‘Doesn’t Care About Providing’ Health Care For Its Workers And Families” - SEIU-Represented Nurses Picket Canton-Potsdam Hospital Over Lack Of A New Contract
(POTSDAM, NEW YORK) - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199 Healthcare Workers East-represented Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and other Health Care Workers chanted “be fair to those who care” while picketing outside Canton-Potsdam Hospital late last week to protest their lack of a new contract.
In July, the Unionized Nurses and Techs voted down a contract proposal. SEIU Officials said the deal was voted down because it increased the cost of health insurance by at least 7%.
“It’s just ‘very discouraging’ that a health care facility ‘doesn’t care about providing’ health care for its Workers and families,” SEIU Regional Director Kathy Tucker said. "We ‘don’t want them to pay the whole shot, we just want to make it so it’s affordable.’”
According to the Union, the average LPN at Canton-Potsdam Hospital makes $2,500 a month and SEIU Officials say about half the paycheck would go to the health care premium for a single person.
“The premiums ‘are too high.’ To have a spouse on, I couldn’t do that,” LPN Monique Fareell said. “If I was to have a kid, ‘I couldn’t have a kid on my insurance and afford that, not with my wage.’”
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