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Meadow Park Extendicare 2013-15
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Certified nursing assistants, cooks, and many more workers at Meadow Park Health and Specialty Care in St. Helens have unanimously voted to strike in response to ongoing contentious negotiations over patient care and safety, as well as working conditions.
“I can’t afford to strike, but I also can’t afford not to strike,” said Fay Westfall, certified nursing assistant at Meadow Park. “What they’re asking us to do isn’t healthy for us workers, and it isn’t safe for residents.”
Workers cited a number of resident safety issues at the bargaining table that prompted the strike vote, including:
Workers will return to the bargaining table later this month; in the meantime, strike preparations are moving forward.
On June 9, 2015, we had our first bargaining session with Addus management. We made clear to Addus management what our priorities are–wages and benefits. Our hope is that better wages and benefits will help us recruit and retain quality care providers. We were also able to clarify and clean up some language in the contract.
Our next bargaining dates will be July 21st and 22nd.
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Workers at Prestige Chehalem Health and Rehab Center are 10th new group of nursing home workers to organize with SEIU 503 this year! Congratulations to these 56 new members for their decision to organize around issues including scheduling and fair wages. This was workers’ 3rd attempt to organize over a period of 10 years. In the end, the perseverance of organizers and workers paid off and workers won union recognition on November 13.
After many months of hard bargaining, workers at Lawrence Convalescent Center (LCC) in Portland won their first union contract late in the evening of September 25. Besides improved wages and benefits, the contract gives structure to workers’ voice on the job, resulting in better resident care and healthier working conditions.
LCC workers voted to form a union on April 17, 2014 in the face of a tough fight where the boss brought in anti-union consultants and pulled out all the stops to prevent them from winning. The issues they organized around–low pay, lack of respect and poor facility maintenance–are being addressed through the bargaining process and through worker action in the facility.
The settlement preempts an informational picket that was scheduled for September 26. The workers will ratify their contract next week.
Workers at Avamere Sunnyside Transitional Care and Avamere Rehab. of Beaverton became the latest groups of nursing home workers to join our union this year. The 74 workers at Sunnyside and the 72 workers at Beaverton join with workers at 47 other nursing homes who are already members of SEIU Local 503. Just this year, 9 new groups of nursing home workers have organized, and almost 40% of Oregon nursing home workers are now united in our union!
Congratulations to the workers and to SEIU 503 member S.L. Grace who helped on both campaigns.
Our Work at the Capitol Pays Off
Nursing home workers in our union have done amazing work in the last year—securing strong union contracts with wage and benefit improvements, helping other workers join our union and by advocating for quality care and staffing ratios at the Capitol. These actions combined led us to victory where we won guaranteed raises in each year of our contracts.
Our fight to advocate for ourselves and our residents continues. Let’s build towards making sure we have a great year in 2015. There are three things you can do RIGHT NOW to support our efforts together:
Workers at Lawrence Convalescent Center are fighting for quality jobs and quality resident care in a union contract. A respected and fairly compensated workforce is essential to provide the quality care that seniors in our community deserve.
Workers at 17 local nursing homes have already formed unions and bargained contracts that provide fair wages and benefits to workers and a way to work collaboratively to ensure quality care. In April, workers at Lawrence Convalescent center voted to form a union as part of SEIU Local 503. Management fought hard to try to break the organizing drive and they are still fighting in negotiations to weaken the union and not agree to the standards and raises that other local nursing home employers have agreed to.
Workers need your support to win a fair contract! Please send a message to the Lawrence today: ask them to settle a fair contract with Lawrence workers.
Nursing home workers at Fernhill Estates and temp workers at Marion County won organizing victories in the past week and became the newest members of SEIU Local 503.
With the addition of Fernhill, workers at 50 nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now members of Local 503! Fernhill workers are the 7th group of nursing home workers to organize this year. Fernhill workers organized for respect and fair wages. Many union members at Laurelhurst and Porthaven nursing homes who also work at Fernhill helped win this election victory.
Marion County temporary workers finally became part of our union after years of attempts and legal hurdles. About 100 temporary positions will now be part of the union at Marion County and workers will begin bargaining shortly. Pay equity and job security are two of their most pressing issues.
Many members helped on this campaign, including Sara Campos, Stacey Harp, Trish Straw, Charles Arnold, Kendra Stafford, Bernadine Newland, Steve Nerrow, Oscar Izaguirre, Mark Terrill and Roseanne O’Connor.