National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of Workers after Unfair Labor Practice Strike at Redding Nursing Home
REDDING, CA – In November of 2018, River Valley nursing home workers of SEIU 2015 held a two-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike at River Valley Nursing Home Facility (River Valley) after months of attempting to negotiate with management in good faith. The union also filed legal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and a Settlement Agreement was recently released listing several remedial actions in favor of the workers.
The Settlement Agreement, which the NLRB released on February 26, 2019, calls on River Valley management to bargain in good faith and stop keeping the workers from exercising their union rights, such as: wearing their union shirts, convening as a bargaining unit, and releasing pertinent information in a timely fashion to the bargaining team upon request.
“This is a huge win for River Valley,” said Devin Wood, Certified Nursing Assistant at River Valley. “Management needs to respect us as a bargaining unit so we can start discussing the quality care needs of our residents and our workplace. It’s a win-win for all.”
River Valley, the only union facility in Redding, has experienced a dramatic shift in quality of care and mismanagement ever since multi-billionaire Shlomo Rechnitz started running the facility. SEIU 2015 had been forced to file over a dozen legal charges against the employer and ultimately go on strike because of their unlawful conduct, worker intimidation, and refusal to bargain in good faith as the workers attempted to better their working conditions and quality of care of their patients.
Since the current owner began running the facility, the profit margin has soared to nearly three times the state average. However, workers say that money isn’t being spent on bettering the facility. The ratio of salaries-to-net-operating-revenue dropped from 54.25% to 46% which highlights that while Rechnitz makes more profit, the percentage of his expenditures that goes toward worker benefits and salaries drops.
“It’s time to put patients and workers over profit,” said Wood. “We’re looking forward to finally having a productive bargaining session.”
Last year’s strike was held on Sunday, November 25, 2018 and ended on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and was the first-ever strike held by members of SEIU 2015.
The next bargaining session between workers and management is Friday, March 15, 2019.