Thousands of Healthcare Workers Across Greater NY Rally for a Fair Contract that Protects Good Jobs and Patient Care
After months of bargaining with almost no movement from management, healthcare workers at over 100 hospitals, nursing homes, and medical centers throughout greater New York held informational pickets yesterday to educate the public about healthcare facility bosses’ efforts to slash the training, job security provisions, and pensions workers need to provide world-class care.
The workers, represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, are troubled that the League is employing a “race to the bottom” approach that could make it difficult for New York healthcare facilities to retain their highly-trained workforce. Workers fought to make sure significant healthcare funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2018 New York State budget, and now they are wondering why the League is crying poverty. The majority of League facilities are highly profitable and pay their CEOs millions.
The workers have set a bargaining deadline for today. If management refuses to bargain fairly by the deadline, they won’t return to the bargaining table until the contract expires on September 30th. They are calling on the League to do the right thing for working New Yorkers, their families, and the communities they serve. Please support them via social media using the #UniteFightWin hashtag, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @1199seiu.