January 2018

On 40th Day of Strike, Workers and Community Leaders to Sign “Pink Slip” for Christian Care Home Ownership

Community is Joining Workers in Calling Upon Owners to “Permanently Replace” Themselves for the Good of Residents, Workers and Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO —  Workers, resident family members, and community leaders are joining together on Tuesday, January 9th, to issue an oversized “pink slip” for the Christian Woman’s Benevolent Association, which owns and operates Christian Care Home.

The “pink slip” urges members of the ownership group to place management of the care facility in the hands of persons or an entity with the resources and experience to run the nursing home in a manner that upholds the rights of workers, which also is in the best interests of residents.

The oversized notice, pink in color, calls for the Christian Woman’s Benevolent Association to “permanently replace” itself in its role of managing the facility–language that echoes the unlawful and unprompted notices that nursing home administration issued to striking workers just days before Christmas, notifying them that they had been permanently replaced. The “pink slip” will be circulated among community leaders and residents for signatures before being delivered to nursing home ownership later in the week. Striking workers will present the “pink slip” to the Ferguson city council on Tuesday night to ask council members and the mayor to sign it.

Tuesday marks the workers’ 40th day on the strike line. The workers, who are members of SEIU Healthcare Missouri and Kansas, started their unfair labor practice strike on Friday, Dec. 1 after the facility’s ongoing refusal to obey labor law and to bargain with the facility’s 100 workers in good faith and its unjust contract offers.

Workers have filed multiple unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against Christian Care Home for allegedly making unilateral changes to staffing, hours and schedules, failing to answer grievances, cancelling scheduled bargaining meetings and not being available for bargaining, failing to provide relevant information in a timely manner, and otherwise restricting workers in the exercise of their rights.  More recently, workers have alleged that Christian Care Home threatened recent hires with termination for joining the strike and denied accrued and earned benefits to striking employees. The National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating that charge.

WHAT: Press Conference of Striking Christian Care Workers, Resident Families and Community Leaders on the Issuing of a “Pink Slip” to the Christian Woman’s Benevolent Association

WHEN and WHERE:

3 PM, Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Christian Care Home

800 Chambers Rd. in Ferguson

 

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In Northwest Indiana, Franciscan Alliance Stalls With Acquiring Methodist Hospital

Workers at Methodist Hospitals continue to closely monitor the potential merger with Franciscan Alliance Healthcare System. Hospital workers at both Gary and Merrillville campuses are concerned about the impact the merger will have on our patients, communities, families, jobs, and wages and benefits that we have gained through our Union.

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Methodist Hospital workers hold a town hall meeting on May 31st and sign pledge cards committing members to protect our contract and call on Franciscan to continue to provide quality healthcare

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This article originally appeared in the 2017 Winter Newsletter. Volume 10, Issue 1

RELATED: Indiana members take a stand at Labor Day Rally

 

 

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Indiana members take a stand at Labor Day Rally

With Indiana’s minimum wage at $7.25 and being a right to work (for less) state, Terra said she stands with the demand to raise the minimum wage to $15 and expand union rights.

“I had a great experience,” said Terra, who has been with the Southlake campus for seven months, and formerly worked in home care and assisted living care.

“I had never been in a worker rally that large before. The power demonstrated showed that it will take all of us united to make our demands become a reality. That’s why I wanted to be involved.”

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Bernita Drayton, the union’s executive board chair, said it’s important for members to experience rallies where they realize they’re not alone in their battles for wages, benefits and respect on the job. She said keynote speaker Rev. William Barber of North Carolina also helps workers “connect the dots” of how workers can gain power.

“When you think about the care we give and the fact that we save lives, hospital support staff is drastically underpaid,” she said. “The problem is there are way too many administrators at the top being paid lots of money and they don’t think about the ‘little people’ who really do the work.”

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This article originally appeared in the 2017 Winter Newsletter. Volume 10, Issue 1

Related: In Northwest Indiana, Franciscan Alliance Stalls With Acquiring Methodist Hospital 

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2018 Home Services Program Payroll Schedules

Click here to view the payroll schedule in English:

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Click here to view the payroll schedule in Spanish:

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