December 5, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – After winning their vote to join 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East in July, 61 Support Staff Workers – including Housekeepers, Laundry Aides, Dietary Staff, Maintenance Techs, Activity Aides and Unit Clerks at the Humboldt House in Buffalo now have their first Union Contract.
“It’s ‘taken a while, but we stuck with it and stayed united.’ Now we have a ‘real voice’ and things will be ‘better for ourselves and our families,’” said Kiara Reed a Laundry Aide employed at Humboldt House.
After more than two years without raises, the new contract includes fair wage increases, as well as a pension and educational opportunities.
The 1199 SEIU Members say the new agreement “will go a long way” in helping to recruit and retain staff for these positions that are viewed as critical for maintaining a safe and clean nursing facility.
“I’m ‘proud and happy’ that we were able to negotiate a contract that gives my Co-Workers and myself wage increases and a ‘real voice on the job.’ Now we plan on continuing this work to help our residents every day,” Humboldt House Maintenance Tech Michael Harris said.
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in America whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all – represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the States of Florida, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and in Washington, D.C.