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United Healthcare Workers Win New Contract with Horizon West
Date:11/6/2008

Local union outpaces national SEIU in securing rights for members and non-union workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Workers at six Sacramento-area nursing homes voted by more than 97 percent to approve a groundbreaking new contract with Horizon West, achieving important gains for residents and workers that are far ahead of the rest of the industry.

Over 500 members of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) won the agreement with their employer after six months of negotiations, on the day before a planned strike.

"Residents at our nursing homes depend on us, not just to care for them, but to advocate for them," said Shameshia Fentress, CNA at Heritage Care Center in Sacramento. "Now we have a stronger voice to set safer staffing levels that protect our residents and ourselves."

Workers covered by the new contract won:

-- Wage increases of up to 25 percent over three years and wage scales at

all six facilities.

-- Health insurance paid by the employer up to 85 percent.

-- Quality care committees that give caregivers a voice in staffing and

other patient care decisions, with third-party mediation if necessary to

reach agreement.

-- Successorship language so that if a facility is sold the new owner must

abide by the contract. While common in hospital contracts, the

successorship provisions UHW members have won this year are a first for

the nursing home industry in California.

-- Defined-benefit pensions for workers

-- The opportunity for career ladder training and upgrade programs funded

through the UHW Joint Employer Training and Upgrade Fund.

In addition to these gains for UHW members, the contract protects workers' right to form a union without employer interference at 18 other nursing homes in Northern California, with a Code of Conduct Agreement.

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