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New York, NY- After three contract extensions, months of bargaining and over two years of uncertainty and fight-back, 1199SEIU workers employed by NYU Langone have reached a new contract with their employer. As a result of caregivers showing NYU they will do what it takes to maintain the quality of jobs and care for New Yorkers, NYU is rejoining the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes, and workers will be covered by the terms and conditions of the League agreement settled in July 2018. The contract maintains all health benefits, includes annual raises over the life of the contract, and continues NYU’s payments into the 1199 pension and benefit funds. It is subject to ratification by the membership.
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What: Informational Picket
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Schenectady Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
526 Altamont Ave, Schenectady
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Nursing Home Caregivers Set To Picket New Paltz Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
Workers who care for the community’s elderly and frail are deeply concerned that quality care is suffering under the nursing home’s corporate ownership
What: Informational Picket
When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: New Paltz Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
1 Jansen Rd, New Paltz
Nursing home caregivers, members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, will hold an informational picket at New Paltz Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, to bring public awareness to management’s lack of attention to decent wages and affordable health insurance and its impact on safe staffing and quality resident care.*
Delinda Pettway, a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) said, “Staff turnover here is a big problem, but that’s not a surprise when workers can’t afford to take care of our own families. What choice is there other than to seek employment somewhere else, when the Centers pays below market wages and benefits?”
1199SEIU members at New Paltz, and 4 other facilities owned and operated by the Centers in Glens Falls, Schenectady, Troy, and Minoa have been in contract negotiations for a year. The workers’ proposals are not out of the ordinary; market wage increases, affordable health benefits, and the ability to retire with security are standard in health care contracts, in order to attract and retain qualified employees and protect continuity of resident care.
On November 28, the workers in Glens Falls picketed that facility and next week, the workers at Schenectady Center will also hold an informational picket.
An informational picket is not a strike. Workers will picket on their own time—lunch, breaks, a day off, etc. No shifts or services will be interrupted and there will be no work stoppage.
*Federal CMS quality care ratings attached.
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 400,000 nurses and caregivers throughout, New York State and New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida.
Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.
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