April 2017

Nursing Home Protest Media Roundup

On Friday, over a thousand nursing home workers protested at 11 facilities throughout Chicagoland for good jobs, safe staffing, and improved patient care. Check out the news coverage below. Additional background is here.

nursinghomenews2_580


CHICAGO 

WMAQ-CHI (NBC) — NBC 5 News @10PM: Big Political Names Join Picket Line

April 8, 2017

 

WLS-CHI (ABC) — ABC 7 Eyewitness News @ 6P: Nursing Home Workers Picket

April 7, 2017

 

Dems Kennedy, Pritzker Court Union Members During Wage Demonstration

CBS Chicago

Derrick Blakley

April 7, 2017

 

Chicago Sun Times – Sen. Daniel Biss: Much-needed direct caregivers deserve fair pay

April 11, 2017

 

WGN – Chicago, IL

WGN Midday News

April 7, 2017

 

Chicago Sun Times – Brown: Dems rich in governor candidates — but are they too rich?

April 9, 2017

ROCKFORD

Stateline Nursing Home Workers Protest

My Stateline

Gregory Cormier

April 7, 2017

 

Nursing home workers protest in front of Rockford rehabilitation and health care center

WIFR (CBS)

April 7, 2017

 

WREX (NBC) — 13 News at 10

April 6, 2017

Did you like this? Share it:
Leave a comment

Over a Thousand Nursing Home Workers Protest at 11 Facilities in Chicagoland

 As Nursing Homes Come Under Fire For Illegally Discharging Patients…Workers call for good jobs, safe staffing, and improved patient care

CHICAGO— As Illinois nursing home owners come under heightened scrutiny for improper patient discharges and inadequate staffing care, more than 1,000 nursing home workers picketed at 11 nursing homes in the Chicago area on Friday, to stand up for fair wages, quality jobs, and patient care.

Holding large banners reading “Nursing Home Work is Worth More,” and signs reading “Fair Wages, Dignity and Quality Care,” hundreds of workers joined by state legislators, gubernatorial candidates, elected officials and community leaders including Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Cook County Board Commissioner Chuy Garcia and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), marched and chanted outside multiple nursing home facilities across Chicagoland.

“I am proud to stand up with nursing home workers today in their fight for respect and fair wages,” said Chuy Garcia. “Theirs is a job that takes heart and soul every day and improves the lives of our most vulnerable family members. Yet nursing home workers, the majority of whom are women of color, are among the lowest paid workers in the state.”

Over 10,000 nursing home workers at 103 facilities have, as members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, been fighting to negotiate a new contract for over a year to improve the quality of nursing home jobs and address concerns over low wages and patient care. Yet, despite receiving about $1 billion in revenue each year and an increasing number of residents, for-profit nursing home owners have refused to significantly raise staffing levels and have actively worked to keep wages low.

Workers came together to protest at facilities including Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Princeton Rehab & Health Care Center, Legacy Chalet Living and Rehab, Alden of Waterford Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and Alden Debes Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in a brave confrontation with nursing home management. Meanwhile, Nursing home workers at locations across the state are also moving toward a vote to strike.

“Our patients aren’t just numbers in a spreadsheet—they’re people’s mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles,” said nursing home worker Kenya Baker. “I’ve seen firsthand that patients deteriorate faster when they don’t get the care they need. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to stop nursing homes from shortchanging their patients—and that starts with safe staffing and good jobs.”

Thousands of nursing home workers in Chicagoland—the majority of whom are women of color—are among the lowest paid workers in the state. They help seniors with their daily needs, like feeding, bathing, changing and administering medication—yet despite the demanding nature of their work, the level of skill and training required and the crucial role workers play in safeguarding the well-being of seniors and people with disabilities, nursing home owners want the right to pay workers less than the minimum wage.

“As a certified nursing assistant for 15 years, I’ve devoted my life to caring for others,” said Reyna Rundberg, a nursing home worker from Grove of Northbrook. “So it’s frustrating to feel like I can’t afford to care for my own family or even meet all of my patients’ needs at work. I’ve listened to a year of weak excuses from nursing home owners, and enough is enough: we demand that nursing home owners stop prioritizing profits over patient safety.”

At the same time that nursing home workers are negotiating a new contract, they are also working in Springfield with the Alzheimer’s Association to pass new safe staffing legislation. Despite a 2010 law which set minimum staffing requirements at long-term care facilities, more than one-third of nursing home facilities across Illinois continue to staff at dangerously low levels, leading to the improper discharge of seniors and people with disabilities into hospitals and psychiatric units. As Illinois faces one of the worst rates of long-term care resident abandonment in the nation, the state legislature is currently considering two bills —SB 1624 and HB 3392— that would make it harder for nursing homes to violate existing legal staffing requirements and chalk up small penalties to the cost of doing business.

###

 

Did you like this? Share it:
Leave a comment

Nursing Home Workers to Protest 11 Facilities in Chicagoland and Beyond

CHICAGO— As Illinois nursing home owners come under heightened scrutiny for improper patient discharges and inadequate staffing care, nursing home workers will picket at 11 nursing homes in the Chicago area on Friday, including Alden Wentworth on the South Side and Legacy Chalet on the North to stand up for fair wages, quality jobs, and patient care.

NursingHomeSkokie1_580

Over 10,000 nursing home workers at 103 facilities have, as members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, been fighting to negotiate a new contract for over a year to improve the quality of nursing home jobs and address concerns over low wages and patient care. Yet, despite receiving about $1 billion in revenue each year and an increasing number of residents, for-profit nursing home owners have refused to significantly raise staffing levels and have actively worked to keep wages low.

The owners want the right to pay workers less than the minimum wage – despite the demanding nature of their work, the level of skill and training required and the crucial role workers play in safeguarding the well-being of seniors and people with disabilities in their care.

WHAT: Over 1,000 nursing home workers will picket at 11 facilities across Chicago and in Aurora and Rockford for fair wages, quality jobs and quality care.

WHEN and WHERE:

South Side

Alden Wentworth and Princeton

201 West 69th Street, Chicago, IL 60621
Picketing from 2:30 to 6PM
4 PM Press Conference to include the following community supporters:
Commissioner Chuy Garcia, CTU President Karen Lewis, Alderman Rod Sawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist JB Pritzker, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Sommers, Bob Reiter Secretary-Treasurer Chicago Federation of Labor, Denise Poloyac SEIU Local 73, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley, Pastor W. James Jenkins, Jr., State Legislators (if Out of Session), local community organizations, and union members from various unions.

North Side

Legacy Chalet
7350 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
Picketing from 2:30 to 6PM
4 PM Press Conference to include the following community supporters:
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, Gubernatorial Candidate Amaya Pawar, Rabbi Brant Rosen, SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher, Dan Montgomery President Illinois Federation of Teachers, Al Lorens Vice-President Illinois Education Association, Robert Lynch President AFCME COUNCIL 31, Lynda Delaforgue Director Citizen Action, State Legislators (if Out of Session), local community organizations, and union members from various unions.

Aurora

Alden Waterford
2021 Randi Dr., Aurora, IL 60504
Picketing from 1:30 to 5PM
3:30 PM Press Conference to including State Representatives (If Out of Session)

Rockford

Alden Debes
550 S Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108
Picketing from 1:30 to 5PM
3:30 PM Press Conference to including State Representatives (If Out of Session)

###

Sign Fair Wage Dignity Quality Care

 

Did you like this? Share it:
Leave a comment