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Caregivers Hold Unfair Labor Practice Strike to Improve Quality of Resident Care at Statewide Nursing Home Chain
Date:9/24/2008

Nursing Home Workers Struggle to Improve Care for the Sick & Elderly at

Facilities Owned By Windsor Healthcare

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 700 healthcare workers began a two-day unfair labor practice strike Wednesday morning to protest Windsor Healthcare Management's refusal to negotiate issues affecting the delivery of patient care to hundreds of sick and elderly in Bay Area nursing homes. Windsor has responded by informing workers that they will lock them out from returning to work.

Caregivers are trying to negotiate improvements in the quality of care for residents and Windsor refuses to discuss them despite its poor track record of care. In addition, nursing home workers are seeking to gain affordable health insurance, job security and wages that allow caregivers to live in the community they work in. Windsor has refused to negotiate over these issues and on wages has made proposals that do not keep up with the high cost of living.

The unfair labor strike is being held simultaneously at 8 nursing homes located in Concord, Fremont, Hayward, Monterey, and Salinas. All of the facilities are owned and operated by Windsor Healthcare, a statewide, multi-million dollar nursing home chain.

"We gave Windsor every opportunity to avoid a strike, but management refuses to discuss serious issues affecting the care and treatment of our residents," said Eleanor Smithey, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Windsor Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Salinas. "As caregivers, we want an official voice in the delivery of patient care; so that we can act as workplace advocates and help ensure the best possible care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Unfortunately, Windsor isn't listening to our concerns."

Windsor has rejected frontline caregivers' proposals to help ensure quality patient care, refused to bargain in good faith, and continued to commit unfair labor practices. This force
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SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers
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