1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Employed At The Schofield Residence In Suburban Buffalo Win A New Two-Year Contract That Includes 18% Wage Increases
(KENMORE, NEW YORK) - More than 80 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at the Schofield Residence in the Buffalo Suburb of Kenmore are celebrating a big contract victory this Holiday Season.
Schofield Residence is a 120-bed Skilled Nursing Facility that’s been providing care to the Kenmore Community for more than 110 years.
Unionized Health Care Workers covered by the agreement are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), Physical Therapy Aides, Activity Assistants, Activity Aides, Laundry Aides, Dietary Aides, Housekeeping Aides, Physical Therapy Assistants and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.
The new contract includes increased wages, increased start rates for newly hired Caregivers, wage scales based on seniority, and increased pension contributions.
The new agreement - which expires on October 31st, 2023 - also includes an average wage increase of 18%, with competitive starting wage rates and wage scales based on years of experience.
On top of their new rate of pay, Union Members with 11 or more years of seniority at Schofield, will receive up to an additional 3% wage increase, 1199 SEIU Representatives said.
In year two of the contract, Workers will receive an average 3.4% wage increase, they said.
Schofield and 1199 SEIU collaborated to show appreciation for the most senior Employees, but also worked to retain newly hired Workers.
The agreement also provides increased new hire start rates: For Service Workers with no experience - $15 per hour; $16.25 per hour for CNAs; and $23 for LPNs.
These pay rates increase for every year of experience, up to 10 years, Union Officials said.
The wage scales, along with the starting rates, increase in the second year of the contract.
And, Schofield Residence’s Health Care Workers will be able to retire with dignity as management has also agreed to increase pension contributions by more than 8% throughout the two-year contract.
“While we see Workers at other nursing homes preparing for job actions to win quality contracts that address the staffing crisis, this employer is setting a good example by providing competitive wages and good benefits that do just that,” 1199 SEIU Vice-President for WNY Nursing Homes Grace Bogdanove said.
“This two-year contract provides Health Care Workers with a secure future this Holiday Season. We hope that other nursing homeowners will take note and meet these necessary standards so Workers can focus on providing quality care to their residents,” Bogdanove said.
Michelle Shade, a Cook at the Schofield Residence for 22 years, said: “We’re excited our employer has acknowledged many of our dedicated long-term Employees. We will be able to retain new people with the new start rates and continue to care for people who come to our facility. We both have a common goal to keep Schofield a top-notch facility and to provide quality care for our residents for years to come.”
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in the United States and 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 Washington, D.C.