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.
Today, Veracare workers voted to end their 2nd unfair labor practice strike — and to return to work on Tuesday morning.
It’s never an easy decision to go on strike—but owner Israel Davis’ continuing unfair labor practices have given them no other choice. That’s why they went on a one-day strike on MLK Day, and why they went on this strike—for a week.
Workers say they are are ending this second strike at this time for a couple of reasons—
One—we have succeeded in escalating our fight to make Israel Davis do the right thing and stop breaking labor law and settle a fair contract.
- We’ve had so much community support, including from elected officials, faith leaders and resident families
- We’ve gotten the word out through media and social media
Two—they are concerned about their residents at Veracare. While it is entirely Israel Davis’ responsibility to ensure their care—and he had 10 days’ notice before this second strike to do so—workers say their hearts go out to them because it seems that that Israel Davis has failed in his responsibility to ensure them the quality care they need and deserve. It’s our understanding that the state has been in inspecting every day of the strike because of care concerns.
The workers’ fight to have their rights and dignity respected on the job, to have Israel Davis stop breaking labor law, and to win the fair contract they need and deserve—that fight goes on. And, if necessary, they will go on strike again. This was the workers’ second strike and in baseball it takes three strikes. 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.
We’ll see what it takes to make Israel Davis throw out his lawbreaking and start doing the right thing.