1199 SEIU-Represented Workers Employed At Six Absolut Care Facilities Across Western New York Reach Tentative New Contract Agreement
(ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK) – Earlier this week, more than 600 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at six Absolut Care facilities across Western New York reached a tentative one-year agreement with RCA Healthcare Management, LLC.
The agreement is subject to ratification by Union Members. Voting will be held on a rolling schedule beginning March 16th, 1199 SEIU Representatives said. Upon ratification, specific details of the agreement covering Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Rehab Aides, Service and Maintenance, Dietary and Housekeeping Workers in primarily rural areas of Western New York will be available for distribution.
RCA Healthcare Management, LLC, CEO Edward Farbenblum recently entered into an administrative services agreement with Absolut Care of Three Rivers, Westfield, Allegany, Gasport, Aurora Park and Orchard Brooke following a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
Health Care Workers are hopeful the new agreement, which includes higher start rates and across the board wage increases, will help to address recruitment and retention issues at these nursing homes, Union Officials said.
The parties also agreed to improve training and education around resident care and work together to address staffing problems at each of the Absolut facilities, they added.
"Providing quality care to our residents has always been our priority," CNA Valerie Ackley of Absolut Nursing and Rehab Center at Allegany said. "Someday we will all be residents of this facility and we want it to be the best it can be.”
“We have always been and continue to be proud of our partnership with 1199," RCA Healthcare Management CEO Farbenblum said in a statement. "It is quite evident that exceptional care is delivered when Employees are content, happy and most importantly are earning a fair wage. We therefore made our first order of business a meeting with the Union Delegates and are extremely
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all, represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the states of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida.
Across Western New York, 1199 SEIU represents more than 11,800 Nursing Home and Hospital Workers.