FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
CONTACT: Lizette Escobedo, (213) 610-1423 (English / Spanish) /
Conor Seidman, (213) 610-0153 (English)
SEIU Local 2015 nursing home workers hosted actions at Windsor facilities throughout the state to demand living wage, access to affordable health care, safe working environment, dignified retirement, and respect for all its workers.
CALIFORNIA – SEIU Local 2015 in partnership with community allies across the state launched statewide actions, including a press conference in Artesia, a vigil in Hayward, and leafletting and marches on the boss throughout the state, calling on Windsor management to treat their workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. On behalf of nearly 1,500 Windsor nursing home workers represented by the union, SEIU Local 2015 demands that workers at Windsor facilities be provided a living wage, access to affordable health coverage, a safe working environment, safe staffing levels, a dignified retirement, and the ability for all workers, including immigrants, to work free of harassment and intimidation.
Historically, Windsor Healthcare has been an employer that operates at a higher standard in the long term care industry. However, due to its current treatment of workers, lately, Windsor has lowered its quality ratings and even prompted a lawsuit by the patients of Windsor Healthcare for chronic understaffing and poor delivery of services.
“I have been working at the Sacramento Windsor facility for over three years now and I have yet to see a substantial raise or even an affordable healthcare plan for my family and I” said Linda Liddel, a worker at Sacramento Windsor facility. “We grew tired of sitting on the sidelines as we saw our immigrant colleagues get questioned about their immigration status whenever they asked for a deserved raise. Today, we said enough is enough! We demand our rights and most of all we demand dignity and respect for all of our colleagues!”
SEIU Local 2015 urges Windsor to provide dignity wages and treats its workers with respect by ensuring they are provided healthcare and necessary benefits as opposed to using fearmongering tactics that call into question worker immigration status. We are confident that by working together, Windsor’s leadership and its workforce, can achieve the mission and promise to every patient.
The press conference held at the Artesia facility this afternoon was broadcasted live via SEIU Local 2015’s Facebook page.
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With representational responsibility for over 325,000 home care and nursing home workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the biggest long term care union in California. 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.