Nursing Home Workers to Picket 4 Windsor Healthcare Facilities Across California in Protest of Bad Bargaining Practices
As contract negotiations are underway, workers accuse Windsor Healthcare Facilities of failing to bargain in good faith
Conor Seidman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (213) 610-0153 (English)
California – SEIU Local 2015 nursing home workers will picket at four Windsor Healthcare Facilities across the state in protest of bad faith bargaining practices. Workers claim management is failing to bargain about livable wages, affordable health care coverage, and are participating in scare tactics, such as telling workers they will be fired, worker intimidation, and coercion. Workers and community allies will gather outside the Sacramento, Petaluma, Salinas, and Hayward facilities today to picket.
Windsor Healthcare employs nearly 1,500 nursing home workers who demand management bargain about a safe working environment, adequate staffing, a respectable retirement, and the ability to work free of harassment and intimidation. Windsor Healthcare describes its high quality care as “person-centered care with dignity, respect, compassion, and integrity,” yet workers say the facilities have failed to treat those who provide care with the same principles in mind.
Right now Windsor is offering very small employer contributions to health care and to weaken health care plans for their employees. This is the case at their Hayward location where management is proposing to raise deductibles from $0 to $500 and in Sacramento where Windsor is proposing to increase deductibles from $1,500 to $4,000. This increases would be unfair to the workers who already struggle to stay afloat. Furthermore, in Salinas and Petaluma, Windsor is delaying negotiations and has refused to even agree on a date for negotiations in Salinas.
“The thought of having less money in my pocket is unacceptable,” said Marilou Meeker, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who works at Windsor’s Hayward location. “I need my healthcare, but I already struggle to make ends meet, there is no way I can afford to have even less if I have to pay more for deductibles.”
Staffing levels are another issue at their facilities. The staffing levels are below the statewide average of 3.6 hours per patient day. That means patients are receiving less than 3.6 hours of direct care each day at these facilities. This is a major concern as studies show anything below 3.6 hours puts patients at risk of sickness or injury.
“The way they treat their workers is shameful,” said Linda Liddell, a CNA at the Sacramento Facility. “After all the years I’ve spent working for them they have yet to offer me a decent raise and now they want to reduce my healthcare benefits. It’s time Windsor make good with their workers and negotiate a fair contract.”
Workers at all four locations will rally and demand Windsor bargain in good faith and concerned parties outside of these facilities will call Windsor Management at the “Windsor CareLine” at 888-234-4442.
“Our members are not backing down,” said SEIU Local 2015 Organizer, Joy Christopher. “Management’s bad bargaining practices will no longer go unaccounted for.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 20:
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Picket at Windsor Post Acute Care Center of Hayward, 25919 Gading Rd, Hayward, CA 94544
1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Picket at Windsor Care Center of Petaluma, 523 Hayes Ln, Petaluma, CA 94952
1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Picket at Windsor Care Center of Sacramento, 501 Jessie Ave, Sacramento, CA 95838
2 p.m. — Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/seiu2015/ from Sacramento Location
1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Picket at Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center of Salinas, 637 E Romie Ln, Salinas, CA 93901
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