On Wednesday, June 8, at 2:30 PM, SEIU 1199NE union caregivers are set to join a nationwide day of action in more than a dozen states by lifting their local demands as nursing home staff members and going national with their campaign.
Nursing home workers have identified common issues nationally and are organizing around demands including safe staffing, unions for all, and quality, affordable care for residents. From Connecticut to California to Pennsylvania to Florida and beyond, these workers have identified solutions to our nation’s growing crisis in nursing homes that respect and protect workers and residents alike.
Now, they’re taking their fight to a national level in a coordinated and sustained campaign that will include worker mobilizations, advocacy and investment aimed at reaching the Biden administration, state officials, and nursing home employers directly. The Biden administration is proposing measures to improve nursing home jobs and hold employers accountable, in part because nursing home workers have raised their voices directly to administration officials to demand reform.
In Connecticut, Caregivers at Apple Rehab nursing home facilities in Rocky Hill, Uncasville and West Haven will hold information pickets on Wednesday, June 8th, starting at 2:30PM and ending at 4:00PM in order to demand better pay, staffing, and to demand that their employer apply for the state funding that 1199 nursing home workers were able to secure in the state budget for health care and retirement benefits.
“To be able to provide residents the care they deserve, we need more staff. We need to recruit and retain caregivers. We’re doing our part every day and along with other nursing home workers across the state. Last spring, we fought and won additional state funding to improve health insurance and pensions. The deadline to request that money is June 10 and members have learned that Apple Rehab has not applied for any of it,” said Liz Diaz, a certified nursing assistant at Apple Rehab in West Haven for the past 13 years. “That funding won’t fix all the problems with our industry, but it will make a huge difference in the lives of caregivers. We work so hard in the nursing homes and throughout the pandemic to be there for our residents and give them loving care. But when it comes to us, our employer can’t even apply for the state funding we won!”
What: Informational picket as Connecticut nursing home workers join national day of action
When: Wednesday, June 8 at 2:30PM
Where: Apple Rehab nursing home facilities in Rocky Hill, Uncasville and West Haven; 45 Elm St. in Rocky Hill, 5 Richard Brown Drive in Uncasville, 308 Savin Avenue in West Haven
Who: SEIU District 1199 New England nursing home caregivers
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