Over 100 nursing home workers at Corning Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing will hold an informational picket on Wednesday to demand better wages.
“Long-term caregivers have been working without a union contract since May 31st following a one-month extension of their 18-month contract,” said 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union that represents the workers, in a statement.
The informational picket will take place at 205 East 1st Street in Corning, New York on Wednesday, July 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m with a press conference held at 3 p.m.
“We do over the top and more than expected,” said Housekeeper Cody Austin. “I see people who do the same exact thing as we do and they get paid more than us. If we don’t clean, our residents could get sick. We are here to make our residents happy.”
According to a release on Monday, July 11, picketing workers in Corning will join more than 1,000 long-term caregivers in Western New York at 9 facilities who are holding one-day strikes on July 12 and July 13.
Demonstrating workers will demand fairer wages, including higher starting rates for new workers, wage scales to retain experienced workers, and a $15 minimum for service workers.
For more information, please visit nursinghomestaffingaccountability.com.