Harrisburg – On Tuesday, January 15, almost 7,000 nursing home workers and members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania who work in 80 facilities across the state initiated their first day of bargaining for new union contracts set to expire this year. Approximately 150 negotiating committee members traveled to Harrisburg to meet with industry representatives from Golden Living Center, Genesis, Extendicare, Reliant and Guardian nursing home chains as well as independent nursing homes.
Despite the current financial challenges at the state and federal level, the nursing home industry continues to be profitable and has the resources to invest in quality care and quality jobs. By bringing employers and employees together from across the state for coordinated bargaining, the committee members believe the industry will benefit as a whole by working together to achieve industry-wide improvements to both resident care and nursing home careers.
“As a CNA, my top priority is making sure our elderly residents get the best care possible. Having a united front during bargaining gives us the strength we need to set standards for quality care for our residents and good jobs for those who deliver that care across the state,” said Donna Heimbach, negotiating team member and CNA from GLC William Penn in Lewistown.
Nursing home leaders will now return to their facilities to meet with their co-workers to prepare for continued bargaining throughout the winter.