River Valley nursing home workers organize first-ever strike to demand safe staffing, patient safety, and union rights

River Valley nursing home workers organize first-ever strike to demand safe staffing, patient safety, and union rights

CONTACT: Melissa Uribe, MelissaU@seiu2015.org, (213) 590-9091 (English/Spanish)

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REDDING – River Valley nursing home workers of SEIU 2015, the largest long term care local in the country representing over 385,000 home care and nursing home workers in California, have scheduled a two-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike at River Valley Nursing Home Facility (River Valley) in Redding after months of attempting to negotiate with management in good faith.

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 has been forced to file over a dozen legal charges against the employer because of their unlawful conduct, worker intimidation, and refusal to bargain in good faith as the workers attempt to better their working conditions and quality of care their patients expect from them.

Between 2015-2016 staff turnover has jumped sharply from 31% to 61% as nursing home workers of River Valley quit due to bad working conditions that the employer refuses to fix. Conditions which include short-staffing their facility so that caregivers are forced to tend to up to 15 or more patients per shift and continuously being called upon to work double shifts.

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%. While Rechnitz makes more profit, the percentage of his expenditures that goes toward salaries drops.
“Enough is enough,” said Devin Wood, Certified Nursing Assistant at River Valley. “Patients over profits, period. As a nursing home worker it is my responsibility to provide quality care to my patients but the management here makes it impossible to do my job. I’m sick and tired of having to run around from patient to patient feeling unappreciated by my employer. They need to meet with us at the table so we can better the working conditions at River Valley.”

The strike, scheduled to start on Sunday, November 25 and end on Tuesday, November 27, will be the first-ever strike authorized by members of SEIU 2015.

To interview a worker or organizer of SEIU 2015, contact Melissa Uribe: melissau@seiu2015.org

WHO: River Valley nursing home workers and community activists
WHAT: Strike River Valley nursing home
WHEN: 4:45 AM Sunday, November 25 – 4:45 AM Tuesday, November 27
Live remote opportunity Sunday, November 25 at 4:45 AM
WHERE: River Valley Nursing Home, 2490 Court Street, Redding, CA

Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest Local in California. Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.

It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology; and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.




November 21st, 2018