Union Density ‘Grows In Northern New York’ As Home Health Aides At Samaritan Summit Village Become The Latest Group To Join 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
(WATERTOWN, NEW YORK) – Forty Northern New York Health Care Workers - Home Health Aides (HHAs) at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown, have voted to assert their collective strength and become Members of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East.
The Workers are now united with Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Resident Care Assistants at Samaritan, who all voted late last year to join the largest Health Care Workers Union in the country.
As well as having a say in the workplace, the newest members at Samaritan Summit Village are looking forward to negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement that will ensure regular wage increases and fair treatment of Workers - that will in turn reduce turnover and enrich quality resident care.
“Working together as 1199 SEIU Members will make it much easier for all of us to win better wages, benefits and job security. We can make our voices heard on the job and negotiate fair rules for staffing,” Samaritan Summit Village Organizing Committee Stacey Diehl said.
Long Term Care Workers in Upstate New York are increasingly coming together as Union Members at a time when extremist politicians and their wealthy supporters are funding attacks on Working People, proposing and passing legislation in Congress and State Capitals, and filing court cases at every level that are meant to divide communities and stifle the voices of Working People.
“As 1199 Members, we have the opportunity to speak with one strong voice and make sure our rights are protected," said Tonia Blackman, another new 1199 Member Activist.
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