June 28, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Perth Amboy, NJ – Three hours before a strike was scheduled to begin at three New Jersey nursing homes, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East reached a tentative contract agreement with operator Broadway Healthcare Management June 23.
The about 270 workers at Amboy Care and Rehabilitation Center in Perth Amboy, ManhattanView Nursing Home in Union City, and Teaneck Nursing Center in Teaneck had voted overwhelmingly for a 24-hour strike after several months of talks produced little movement. 1199SEIU did not reveal details of the proposed three-year deal, but said it “provides immediate and yearly wage increases for all employees and protects workers’ pension and health insurance benefits.” “We’re pleased with this agreement that protects our health care and provides wage increases so our families can keep up with the rising costs of living,” Yesenia LaFleche, a licensed practical nurse at ManhattanView and member of the union’s bargaining committee, said in a statement released by the union. “Preserving good healthcare jobs is essential to protecting quality care in our communities,” added 1199SEIU Executive Vice President Milly Silva. Read more
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