Highland Park Nursing Home Workers In The Southern Tier Plan Strike If No Deal Is Reached - Essential 1199 SEIU-Represented Workers In Wellsville Are Ready To ‘Hit The Street’ To Fight For Livable Wages & Affordable Health Insurance
(WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK) – If a deal is not reached on a new contract, more than 55 Nursing Home Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)/United Healthcare Workers East - who are employed at the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville, will go out on Strike on Thursday (September 17th).
The Union-represented Workers will hit the street in protest over what 1199 SEIU says is management’s refusal to agree on a Collective Bargaining Agreement that includes basic Union protections, fair wages, affordable health insurance and training opportunities.
The Union said management issued a final offer shortly after the last contract negotiations session that took place on September 1st.
Both sides returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday (September 15th).
1199 SEIU released the following statement prior to the Strike:
Essential 1199 SEIU Health Care Workers fighting for livable wages and affordable health insurance are being ignored by Highland Park management after 25 months of bargaining.
Highland Park is owned by Excelsior Group LLC, a New York metropolitan for-profit corporation with no ties to the Wellsville community or the people that live here.
Both sides have submitted last and final offers through a Federal Mediator, but Workers will not settle for less than they deserve and voted to hold a two-day Strike!
Health Care Workers are asking for basic Union protections, fair wages, affordable health insurance and training opportunities.
Besides voting to hold a two-day Strike, Union Health Care Workers have also filed two Unfair Labor Practice charges in response to threats made by the Highland Park management to terminate Staff who participate in the Strike and unsubstantiated suspensions of Union supporters.
Please join us to support these Essential Health Care Workers on the Strike Line on September 17th - until September 19th.
“In 2018 we voted to join a Union ‘because we felt we were being mistreated and believed that if we could have a voice at work they wouldn’t be able to keep treating us like garbage,’” Maggie Phillips, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Highland Park, said.
“But ‘after twenty-five months of bargaining, we are still dealing with daily threats, harassment, and our Co-Workers getting suspended,’” she continued. ‘What we want is simple - more money to take care of our families and affordable health insurance so that we can take care of ourselves and our residents.’ ‘With all that is going on, refusing good health care to Nursing Workers is absolutely inhumane!’”
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