1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers Employed At The Weinberg Campus In Suburban Buffalo Are ‘Fed Up’ Working Short Staffed, Issue Picket Notice To Management
Workers Say Management’s ‘Pending Sale Excuse To Not Raise Wages Or Properly Staff The Nursing Home To Provide Quality Care Is No Longer Acceptable’
(GETZVILLE, NEW YORK) - Dozens of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East-represented Nursing Home Workers who are employed at the Weinberg Campus in the Buffalo Suburb of Getzville recently held a “march on the boss” (Pictured Above/1199 SEIU Photo) to notify their employer that they will picket the facility on Wednesday, December 15th to demand resolution to short staffing issues that have plagued the facility since 2017.
Those Caregivers are working critically short-staffed and have been without a Union contract while the sale of their nursing home to Elderwood remains pending since 2017.
And, their one-year contract extension expired back on October 31st (2021).
As a result, the Unionized Nursing Home Workers are preparing for a job action this Holiday Season to fight for better staffing levels, fair wages and a pension increase.
The Workers have gone without a pension increase for the last three years.
Staff at Weinberg say they will stand up to protect quality care for their residents - including a demand for adequate staffing throughout the campus and are ready to do what it takes to win a fair contract.
“The public needs to know how critically short staffed we are,” says Toni Banks, a Housekeeper who has worked at the Weinberg Campus for 11 years. “Without a contract that includes better pay we won’t be able to hire the quality Caregivers and Staff that are desperately needed here. Our residents deserve to be cared for properly, not just during the holidays, but all year long.”
The owners of Elderwood purchased the Getzville Facility for $47 million dollars and told the New York State Department of Health that they planned to make cuts to bed-side Caregivers such as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Aides, but would hire more Workers, Union Officials said.
The sale of Weinberg has not been finalized, leaving Health Care Workers in limbo and without enough Staff to provide the quality care residents deserve, they added.
Negotiations between the Workers and management is scheduled to resume on Monday, December 13th.
If no significant progress is made towards reaching a fair contract at that time, the Nursing Home Workers will hold an informational picket on Wednesday, December 15th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. outside the campus in Getzville.
Caregivers at Weinberg Campus are Food Service Workers, Maintenance Workers, Cooks, Environmental Service Workers, Housekeeping, Certified Nurse Assistants, LPNs, Personal Care Aides, Clerical Workers, Home Health Aides and Community Home Health Aides.
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in America 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, Florida and in Washington, D.C. and Florida.