African-American Resident Families and Workers Come Together to Decry Christian Care’s Refusal to Value Black Lives and Black Workers
FERGUSON, MO—As striking Christian Care workers enter their third month on the picket line, they are being joined by the families of residents for a press conference in which speakers will reveal the human cost of Christian Care’s refusal to settle a fair contract.
Family members of residents will detail how management has failed to maintain quality standards of care for Christian Care’s vulnerable population, despite their responsibility to both residents and their families. Christian Care was given the required 10-days notice of workers’ intent to strike, a requirement giving them ample time to meet their responsibility of maintaining quality care standards.
Family members will attest to the deteriorating level of care they have witnessed, and the suffering that their loved ones have experienced as a result.
Faith leaders will join family members and striking workers to draw the connection between the kickoff for the Poor People’s Campaign in Jefferson City on Monday–and in state capitals across the country–and the fight at Christian Care. Both workers and residents at Christian Care are almost exclusively African-American, and they see their fight for quality care and for dignity and respect to be a fight for the dignity and fair treatment of all Americans.
Families and community members are calling for Christian Care to settle a fair contract with workers immediately, so that residents will once again receive the quality of care they need and deserve.
WHAT: Press conference with resident family members and community leaders revealing how resident care has suffered due to Christian Care’s failure to settle a fair contract
WHEN:Monday, February 5, 2018
Christian Care Home
800 Chambers Rd., Ferguson, MO
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.