Only Fiddler’s Green Manor in Springville and Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Buffalo have not yet reached new agreements with their respective staffs, out of a total of 12 for-profit nursing homes in Western New York that were included in a joint union campaign to get new contracts this year. The campaign was launched earlier this year.
According to the labor organization 1199SEIU United Healthcare Employees East, union workers at Fiddler’s Green and Humboldt House intend to go on strike for a total of five days this month if an agreement is not reached in the near future.
The union also said that over 350 employees at four different nursing home institutions have approved multiyear contracts. These facilities include Elderwood at Lockport, Elderwood at Williamsville, Newfane Rehabilitation & Health Center, and Gowanda Nursing & Rehabilitation. Deals have been made for licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, personal care attendants, cleaning staff, dietary assistants, chefs, laundry assistants, and maintenance workers.
On Thursday, employees at four different nursing homes operated by the McGuire Group staged informative pickets. At each location, union members tried to draw attention to what they said was a lack of staff and low pay. These are two of the main issues that are being discussed with McGuire as new labor contracts for about 540 employees at the four nursing facilities are being worked out.
The agreements at the three Elderwood facilities will remain in effect until the 30th of June in 2024, while the deal at Gowanda Nursing & Rehabilitation will remain in effect until the 30th of April in 2025. The agreement with Newfane Rehabilitation is valid through December 2025, which makes it a total of three years.
Some parts of the contracts are the same. For example, service workers must be paid at least $15 per hour, pensions must go up by 3% every year, and pay scales are based on how much experience an employee has.
The workers’ union says that Fiddler’s Green and Humboldt House employees are also asking for a $15 per hour wage for service workers, more staff, and different pay scales for experienced workers.
According to the statistics kept by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the ownership group of Humboldt House is comprised of a number of different people. Jeffrey Goldstein and Lea Sherman possess the highest interest, which is equal to 24% each. According to the available documents, Goldstein and Chaim Lowenbraun are the legal owners of Fiddler’s Green.