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Nearly 100 Health Care Workers Employed At Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home ‘Go Union’ With SEIU

Published Tuesday, June 23, 2020
by Hannah McDonald/The Capital Star
Nearly 100 Health Care Workers Employed At Erie, Pennsylvania Nursing Home ‘Go Union’ With SEIU

(ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA) - Nearly 100 Health Care Workers employed at the Twinbrook Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, the Suburban Erie Nursing Home whose management practices drew scrutiny from state regulators and lawmakers, have voted to Unionize. 

The vote to form a Union with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare, which represents tens of thousands Health Care Workers statewide, was “an important victory for their residents and Caregivers after voting overwhelmingly to form their Union with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania,” Jen Wood, a Senior Communications Associate at Sequal Consulting said in a statement obtained by the Capital-Star. 

The group - including Certified Nurses Aids (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and other Employees - “came together late last year to address concerns about staffing, low wages and inequities, and lack of input into decisions affecting resident care,” according to the statement released by Sequal Consulting, a Pittsburgh-based progressive communication firm, that helped make The Capital-Star aware of the story earlier this year. 

Twinbrook first came into the public eye in March when The Capital Star reported on Employee claims of mismanagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic at the Senior Care Facility.

The Employees said they were short-staffed and short on supplies, and also accused management of being indifferent to their needs.

In that same statement, Heidi Kaufer, a Twinbrook Nurse who led the Unionization push, said she was “ecstatic, happy and relieved that we won our Union Election.”

“Our residents ‘are why we go to work.’  ‘We care for them and we need the resources and staffing to do so,’” she said. 

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