PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2014
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Nursing Home Workers to Picket Unity St. Mary’s Campus
The best time to support the picket lines is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 30, 2014 Unity Health System at it’s St. Mary’s Campus, 89 Genesee Street
(Rochester, NY) – Employees of Unity Living Center plan to picket their facility on May 30 if no agreement is reached on a union contract by that date. The picket will be conducted in the afternoon on off duty time. It is not a strike nor work stoppage.
Unity Living Center is a 120 bed skilled nursing unit run by Unity Health System at it’s St. Mary’s Campus, 89 Genesee Street, Rochester, New York.
The employees organized a chapter of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East nearly one year ago seeking fairer enforcement of rules, an end to favoritism, and decent wages and benefits. The union was recognized as a result of an election held by the National Labor Relations Board in June, 2013. Negotiations for a first union contract began October 1. The talks were joined by a Federal Mediator in early February.
At issue are significant differences about how pay increases are given, benefits, and union security items. The union found that some employees are paid less than newly hired employees with the same level of experience. Other inequities include management’s choice of who gets overtime and desirable assignments. Educational opportunity and child care support are lacking. In addition, pay for some employees puts them below the Federal poverty level.
Union and management representatives return to negotiations on May 29.
The union group consists of certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, therapy aides, and secretaries.
1199 SEIU members work at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, six other area nursing homes, and at many other health care facilities in Western New York.