Workers at Somerton Place and Garden Spring nursing homes have fought for a fair contract for almost a year after the new owner, Vita Healthcare, slashed wages for some workers by up to $6 an hour and drove out of pocket healthcare costs and deductibles up thousands of dollars.
Last week, the workers finally won their fight to force Vita to invest in their nursing homes! Wages have been restored (including a .45 raise for the year) and healthcare costs have been reduced and frozen for the life of the one-year contract! Workers even won double time for Christmas and Thanksgiving, holidays for employee birthdays, send home pay and, most importantly, successorship language to protect workers from these sorts of attacks in the future.
When workers stand together to protect the quality of care for their residents and the quality of jobs at their nursing homes, we all win!