NURSING HOME WORKERS AT EXTENDED CARE RIVERSIDE DEMAND CONTRACT AGREEMENT, PATIENT SAFETY
Over one hundred nursing home workers and supporters picketed outside of Extended Care Riverside to demand that management meet with workers to negotiate and agree on contract
RIVERSIDE, CA – Over one hundred nursing home workers picketed on Friday to demand that their employer, Extended Care Riverside (Extended Care), meet them at the bargaining table to negotiate a contract that supports the workers and enhances the care provided to the facility’s patients.
“When the going gets tough, being the voice and the strength of those who can no longer fend for themselves is what keeps me motivated,” said Boris Aguilar, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Extended Care. “I used to make good money as a machinist, truck driver, and railroad worker, but nothing is as satisfying as someone thanking you for the care you provide them. It’s not fair and it’s not right that Extended Care puts the patients in danger by understaffing the facility.”
After the workers voted for union representation, it has been the facility’s management modus operandi to run the facility at a ratio of up to 15 patients per CNA, which creates unsafe living conditions for patients as they are put at risk of injury or illness.
SEIU Local 2015 nursing home workers, including those at Extended Care, are currently working to pass AB 2079 in the Legislature. This bill addresses the chronic understaffing at nursing home facilities by requiring them to upgrade their staff-to-patient ratios. The bill passed the State Assembly Thursday and will now make its way through the Senate.
Extended Care is a facility that belongs to the Sun Mar Health Care Chain. Members of SEIU 2015 have successfully bargained at four other Sun Mar-owned facilities and Extended Care would be the fifth facility; however, after six months and multiple rounds of attempted negotiations, it is clear that the employer isn’t taking workers’ concerns seriously. The inaction of Extended Care affects over a hundred workers – CNAs and Restorative Nurse Assistants (RNAs) – and patients.
Extended Care workers and employers will meet again later this month in an attempt to negotiate a contract.
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