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1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers Hold Informational Pickets At Four Individual Buffalo Area Nursing Homes, Workers ‘Demand Fair’ Contracts - Including A $15 Per Hour Rate, ‘Standard’ Wage Scales Based On Experience & ‘Better’ Staffing Levels

Published Thursday, June 16, 2022
by 1199 SEIU News
1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers Hold Informational Pickets At Four Individual Buffalo Area Nursing Homes, Workers ‘Demand Fair’ Contracts - Including A $15 Per Hour Rate, ‘Standard’ Wage Scales Based On Experience & ‘Better’ Staffing Levels

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Caregivers held informational pickets today (Thursday, June 16th) at four individual Buffalo area nursing homes to bring attention to a lack of fair wages and poor staffing levels.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the residents, it’s about the dignity for the residents,” Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Awilda Villanueva, who works at the Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca, said.  “When we say contract it’s not just about Staff, it’s about the residents. (The owner) is thinking about dollar signs and not the dignity of our residents that we serve.”

Unionized Caregivers are asking for a $15 minimum wage for Service Workers, higher start rates for new Employees and wage scales - based on experience.

The Caregivers - who are employed as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), CNAs, Personal Care Attendants, Housekeeping, Dietary Aides, Laundry Aides and Maintenance Workers, picketed at the McGuire Group facilities owned by Edward Farbenblum: the Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg; the Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga; the North Gate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda; and the Seneca Health Care Center.

A day earlier, Union-represented Caregivers and Workers at Fiddler’s Green in Springville held an informational picket outside that nursing home in Southern Erie County, bringing the total number of job actions to five just this week.

Those Buffalo area Unionized Caregivers are part of a group of more than 1,200 for-profit Nursing Home Workers who are employed at 12 homes located across Western New York whose contracts expired on April 30th (2022), who in turn have joined together in their fight for fair wages from out-of-town ownership groups based in New York City and New Jersey.

This month, 1199 SEIU announced a joint campaign of the more than 1,200 Workers, who took part in coordinated job actions across the region to fight for issues that Union Officials say will improve critically short-staffed for-profit homes that are trying to meet New York State’s requirement for 3.5 hours of care per resident, per day.

To Read This Labor News Report In Its Entirety, Go To: www.1199seiu.org/media-center/today-nursing-home-workers-4-profit-facilities-hold-informational-pickets-across-wny

 

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