Updated Monday, April 2nd at 4:00 PM
Following their high-energy one-day strike on MLK Day this January, Veracare nursing home workers returned to the strike line at 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in response to owner Israel Davis’ continued refusal to follow basic labor law. Learn more about what led to the current unfair labor practice strike at Veracare.
Having gained the support of resident families, elected officials, and faith leaders during the seven-day long (twelve-hours a day) unfair labor practice strike, workers voted to return to work Tuesday morning.
Workers are warning owner Israel Davis that he’s got two strikes against him – both literally and figuratively – and they are prepared to give him strike three if necessary.
Scroll down to take a look back at all the action that took place during the week-long unfair labor practice.
Veracare worker Sharon Lake says: “We’re going back into the facility, but the fight continues.”
Sunday’s Easter Vigil on the Veracare strike line garnered TV coverage from WGN, ABC7, NBC5, & FOX32. See all the coverage here.
The strike line was fired up…
— SEIU HCIIMK (@SEIUhciimk) April 1, 2018
And check out these photos.
Another 12 hours on the strike line is in the books.
Day 4 Update
Angela, whose mom is a paitent at Veracare, explains why she supports the workers on strike.
And workers held a speak out explaining exactly why they were striking.
And Minnie the Strike Shitzu Stopped By…
Day 3 Update
Ruthie revealed to us her favorite chant, Ozzie told us what she means when she says she wants a fair contract, and we found out who is able to walk the strike line less than 24 hours after having a root canal!
Day 2 Update
Today we gained two more strikers and energy remained high on the line throughout!
And There Was Dancing…
Day 1 Update
Striking workers were joined for a rally on Tuesday afternoon. They were joined by Cook County Board Commissioner Jesús G. “Chuy” García, State Representative André M. Thapedi, State Representative-Elect Aaron Ortiz, Democratic nominee for Cook County Board District 7 Alma Anaya, and others.