PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) – Retirement home workers owned by Comprehensive, Priority and Shenandoah Heights Healthcare, LLC have been working hard for months to negotiate and transform the retirement home industry.
According to a statement from SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, workers and nursing home owners were able to agree on union contracts that invest in staffing and resident care.
“After seven days on the picket line, we can’t wait to be back with our residents and the work we love. It was an incredibly tough decision to strike, but we stuck it out because we deserve a contract that protects our union, strengthens our workforce and puts resident care first,” said Member Shannon McBride. of the Global Bargaining Committee, Certified Practical Nurse at The Grove at Irwin. , owned by Comprehensive Healthcare.
The three contracts for homes owned by Comprehensive, Priority and Shenandoah include the following:
- Salary increases of 24% on average, focusing on the longevity and experience of workers, as well as the departments in which they work
- Adjustments to health insurance that will make costs more affordable for caregivers and insure more providers in the network
- Commitment to respecting and improving national personnel regulations
- Union members will have the right to maintain their contracts with the new employers for a period of time until a new agreement is reached, if the care home is sold
“I have experienced firsthand what it is like when your installation is sold to a new company; your benefits get taken away, your pay gets cut, people end up quitting for better opportunities, and the talent that’s left becomes overworked,” said Raheem Armitage, certified practical nurse at Priority, The Gardens at Wyoming Valley. “You wonder if you will have a job tomorrow and how you will take care of your family. So having a successor language means we can keep what we fought for – we won’t have to start from scratch.
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About 700 workers were part of the unfair labor practices strikes that began on Labor Day weekend. This included workers such as CNAs, dietary workers, cleaners, activity workers, helpers and other essential positions.
These workers demanded corporate accountability for the $600 million in public funds from the state budget intended to rebuild the workforce and bring caregivers back to the bedside.