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1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Ratify New Three-Year Agreement At Four Buffalo Area Facilities As Unionized Workers ‘At Five Other Facilities Vote To Authorize Five-Day Strikes In The Fight For A Fair’ Contract

Published Friday, September 2, 2022
by 1199 SEIU News
1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Ratify New Three-Year Agreement At Four Buffalo Area Facilities As Unionized Workers ‘At Five Other Facilities Vote To Authorize Five-Day Strikes In The Fight For A Fair’ Contract

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - More than 600 Nursing Home Workers employed at four Buffalo area for-profit facilities have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract, while Unionized Caregivers employed at five other facilities have overwhelmingly voted to authorize five-day strikes in the fight for a fair contract. 

The Unionized Caregivers are part of a joint campaign of more than 1,200 Nursing Home Workers employed at 12 for-profit facilities across Western New York who held one-day strikes mid-July

The Nursing Home Workers are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East. 

The new three-year agreement with the McGuire Group runs through April 30th, 2025. 

Those covered by the ratified agreement provide care at 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 at the Seneca Health Care Facility in West Seneca.

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

“I’m glad to finally be recognized for my seven years of dedication to Seneca Health Care with these new wages,” said Joseph Grotky, a Dietary Aide.  “I’m hopeful we’ll see less turnover and better care for residents.  This is the best contract I’ve ever seen.”

The new three-year agreement includes a 10-step wage scale for all job titles, increased starting rates of pay for newly hired workers, a retroactive bonus for all Workers and additional raises for long time Caregivers, Union Officials said. 

Workers will also get a 3% pension increase in each year of the agreement, along with increased employer contributions to dental and optical, they said, adding the for-profit employer also agreed to Juneteenth as a paid holiday. 

While the new contract with McGuire Group, which meets the demands of the campaign, ends the fight for some Nursing Home Workers in the joint campaign, Union Members employed at the remaining facilities overwhelmingly voted to authorize five-day strikes. 

Workers are focused on continuing their fight for better staffing levels, wage scales for experienced Workers and a $15-an-hour rate for Service Workers.

If no agreement can be reached, the Unionized Health Care Workers employed at Elderwood at Lockport, Elderwood at Williamsville, at Fiddler’s Green Manor, at the Humboldt House, and at the Gowanda Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility plan to hold five-day strikes - and soon, Union Officials said.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all - is the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in America.

The Union represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the States of Florida, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and in Washington, D.C.

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