With Nursing Homes in Crisis & Devastation of COVID-19 Continuing, Workers Propose to Transform Oversight of Industry

March 25, 2022

Sen. Stern, Asm. Santiago to Champion Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Standards Board to address the industry’s “Great Resignation” crisis and dangerously low staffing levels to ensure quality care; Nursing Home workers rally at capitol and up and down the state.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

WHEN:
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT 

WHERE:
State Capitol (1201-1231 10th Street, Sacramento CA)

WHO:
Nursing home workers and supporters; gospel choir and clergy

WHAT:
Workers will gather with signs outside the State Capitol for announcement of Quality Standards Board and to advocate for safe staffing, living wages, and an end to skyrocketing turnover. 

SEIU 2015, the nation’s largest long-term care union, represents more than 400,000 nursing home and home care workers in California. These frontline essential workers have cared for our communities’ most vulnerable, yet are faced with low wages and inadequate protections and benefits. COVID has exacerbated staffing shortages in California’s nursing homes, and nursing home workers are quitting at alarming rates. The nursing home industry nationwide has lost more than 238,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. This is why SEIU Local 2015 has worked to create the ​​Skilled Nursing Quality Standards Board (SN QSB), and why members are taking action on March 28th up and down the state. 

Press Contacts:
DKC News
SEIU@dkcnews.com

On Site Contact:
Cecille Isidro
415-606-4841 

                                                                                          

HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA

WHEN:
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PT

WHERE:
Baypoint (442 Sunset Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541)

WHO:
Nursing home workers and supporters

WHAT:
Workers will gather both inside and outside of the facility to advocate for safe staffing. They are joining together to fight for increased wages and an end to skyrocketing staff turnover and unsafe staffing levels.

Press Contacts:
DKC News
SEIU@dkcnews.com         

On Site Contact:
Nora Huntley, (510) 704-3033

                                                                       

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

WHEN:
Monday, March 28th
2:30 – 4:00 PM PT 

WHERE:
Hearts & Hands (2990 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062)
(See this article about deficiencies at this facility)

WHO:
Nursing home workers and supporters

WHAT:
Workers will gather both inside and outside of the facility to advocate for safe staffing. They are joining together to fight for increased wages and an end to skyrocketing staff turnover and unsafe staffing levels.

Press Contacts:
DKC News
SEIU@dkcnews.com           

On Site Contacts:
Ernesto Reyes
559-287-6362

                     

DELANO, CALIFRONIA

WHEN:
2:30-4:00 PM PT

WHERE:
Delano Skilled Nursing Home (1509 Tokay St, Delano CA 93215)

Special note: nursing home workers at Delano recently conducted a strike authorization vote with a strong majority “YES!” to authorize a strike at the facility; the Bargaining Team is pursuing next steps, including continued negotiations with the employer)

WHO:
Nursing home workers and supporters

WHAT:
Workers will gather both inside and outside of the facilities to advocate for safe staffing. They are joining together to fight for increased wages and an end to skyrocketing staff turnover and unsafe staffing levels.

Press Contacts:
DKC News
SEIU@dkcnews.com

On Site Contact:
Ua Lugo, 559-363-7165