NEW YORK, USA / AGILITYPR.NEWS / January 14, 2020 / OWNERS OF DELMAR’S GOOD SAMARITAN NURSING HOME/KENWOOD MANOR ASK BANKRUPTCY COURT TO GUT CAREGIVERS’ CONTRACT
*1199SEIU caregivers who have requested that the current owner and new buyer honor their contract and maintain their health benefits will hold a prayer vigil and announce their intention to strike.
What: Prayer Vigil and Press Conference To Announce Strike
Healthcare workers, nursing home and assisted living residents, clergy and other supporters are coming together to pray that—for the sake of quality resident care and the livelihoods of many—the current owners, The Lutheran Care Network (TLCN), and the prospective buyers, Centers Health Care, will do the right thing, honor the workers contract and maintain their health benefits, so that the workers won’t be forced to strike.
Where: In front of Good Samaritan Nursing Home & Kenwood Manor
Rockefeller Road, Delmar (off Kenwood Ave.)
For months, despite ongoing financial problems and the anticipated bankruptcy filing by The Lutheran Care Network (TLCN), owner of Good Samaritan Nursing Home & Kenwood Manor, the 1199SEIU healthcare workers have been doing everything possible to protect quality resident care. They have being challenged by short-staffing and diminished supplies, making it difficult to meet residents’ needs.
Furthermore, TLCN was behind in payments to the workers’ Health Benefit Fund and for more than a year, they have lived with the uncertainty that their benefits could be terminated. Still, the caregivers stayed with their residents and every day find ways to provide care and comfort to them, despite a lack of resources.
For the sake of the residents, they have sacrificed wage increases over time that would have helped their families. They held meetings, rallies, press conferences, an informational picket and more, all to make certain the current owner and any prospective buyers understand the importance of honoring their 1199SEIU contract, including the articles that address health benefits.
The 1199SEIU caregivers have made it clear time and again that undermining current union standards will threaten quality care by impeding the recruitment and retention of caregivers at the already severely short-staffed facilities.
In December, TLCN filed for bankruptcy protection. Last week, the company and prospective buyer, Ken Rozenberg of Centers Health Care, asked the bankruptcy court to gut the union contract—despite the pleas of the caregivers, resident families, elected officials, and others. With the call for quality care falling on deaf ears, the workers reluctantly took a vote, and on Sunday decided overwhelmingly to send a 10-day strike notice if no progress is made.
There are approximately sixty 1199SEIU members at Good Samaritan Nursing Home and sixteen at Kenwood Manor. The nursing home is a 120-bed facility and Kenwood Manor has 67 rooms.