April 29, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Grand Island, NY – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Health Care Workers picketed the Elderwood Skilled Nursing Facility on Grand Island Friday (April 28th) afternoon following management’s refusal to bargain a first contract.
After being purchased by Acute Care Partners, a for-profit nursing home chain, Workers at Elderwood on Grand Island decided to Unionize. In October 2016, over 100 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Service Employees at the Grand Island Boulevard Nursing Home voted to become part of 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, and began their quest to secure their first Union Contract.
However, 1199 SEIU Officials said, Elderwood management has “refused to respect” their Workers’ Unionization vote and has not come to the bargaining table.
Instead, they said, the company has opted for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees rather than investing those resources in its Workers and residents.
“The National Labor Relations Board certified the results of the Union election months ago,” 1199 SEIU Vice-President Todd Hobler said in a prepared statement distributed prior to the picket. “Instead of ‘doing the right thing ‘and sitting down with their Employees to negotiate a fair contract, this Employer ‘wastes time with frivolous court appeals and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees that could have gone to improve conditions for residents and Workers at the facility.’”