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1199 SEIU Issues 10-Day Notices For One-Day Strikes At 12 Long-Term Care Facilities Across WNY - Workers Cite Low Wages & More Than 50% Staff Turnover, Demand Operators Invest In Recruitment & Retention To Improve Staffing & Resident Care

Published Sunday, July 3, 2022
by 1199 SEIU News
1199 SEIU Issues 10-Day Notices For One-Day Strikes At 12 Long-Term Care Facilities Across WNY - Workers Cite Low Wages & More Than 50% Staff Turnover, Demand Operators Invest In Recruitment & Retention To Improve Staffing & Resident Care

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - More than 1,200 Long-Term Caregivers at 12 for-profit nursing homes across Western New York whose Union contracts all expired will hold one-day strikes in demand for fair wages. 

This month, 98.6% of the Workers who are employed in the 12 facilities, who are represented by 1199 Service Employees International United (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East - the largest Health Care Workers Union in the United States, voted by an overwhelming majority at each facility in favor of holding one-day strikes to win better wages, Union Officials said. 

Caregivers at the facilities work as Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, Personal Care Attendants, Housekeeping, Dietary Aides, Cooks, Laundry Aides and Maintenance Workers.

They are asking for a $15 minimum wage for Service Workers, higher start rates for new Employees, and standardized wage scales - based on experience, 1199 SEIU said. 

The Unionized Caregivers say wage improvements are needed to retain experienced Workers to care for residents, but also to recruit new Workers to help with critically understaffed facilities.  

"If we're able to reach settlements at all twelve facilities, including the wages Workers have been fighting for, then there’s no need to move forward with the one-day strikes.  But, the for-profit out-of-town employers must be willing to invest in local Workers so there are enough regular long-term Staff to provide consistent and quality care for residents," said Grace Bogdanove, who serves as 1199 SEIU Vice-President for the Western New York Nursing Home Division.

One-day strikes are scheduled to be held on July 12th and July 13th at the following facilities: Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg; the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation in Buffalo; Elderwood at Lockport; Elderwood at Williamsville; Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing in Buffalo; Fiddler’s Green Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Springville; the Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga; the Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center; the Humboldt House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Buffalo; the Newfane Rehabilitation & Health Center; the North Gate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda; and the Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all, represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the States of New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida, and in Washington, D.C.

For More Information, Go To: https://www.nursinghomestaffingaccountability.com/

 

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