For Release: Friday, July 17, 2020
Press Contact: Don Barnett, Administrative Organizer, 304-654-9631.
Workers will hold a solidarity picket to call for improved staffing at New Martinsville Center, a long-term care facility in New Martinsville, West Virginia. While workers will stand united for quality care at their facility, they will also stand in solidarity with the Strike for Black Lives, which will occur from coast-to-coast in 25 cities nationwide on the same day.
New Martinsville, West Virginia – On Monday, July 20th, members of SEIU District 1199 with New Martinsville Center and community members, will join together for an informational picket for improved staffing at the facility. Workers will gather at 1:30 PM at 225 Russell Avenue in New Martinsville.
What: Information Picket With Frontline Nursing Home Workers
Where: 225 Russell Ave in New Martinsville, West Virginia
When: Monday, July 20th at 1:30 PM
“It is crucial that safe staffing levels are maintained at this facility. There’s consensus that low staffing at long-term care facilities can be linked with improper infectious disease control,” said Joyce Gibson, the Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Ultimately, safe staffing saves lives and that has also been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Workers have serious concerns about staffing at the nursing home that they have not been able to resolve. Union members with New Martinsville Center are calling on management with the facility to improve staffing and act with urgency. The event will take place in solidarity with the Strike For Black Lives, which will take place nationwide on the same day.
NATIONWIDE DAY OF ACTION
Nationwide, nursing home workers will go on strike July 20. They will be joined by thousands more who will walk off their jobs for eight minutes, 46 seconds to remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and other Black people killed by police and demand an end to the systemic racism that led to their murders and that also exists in our workplaces.
Strikes and protests will also take place in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Durham, Hartford, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, St. Paul, Stamford, Yakima and more.
A growing list of major national labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Federation of Teachers, Communications Workers of America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Domestic Workers Alliance, United Food and Commercial Workers, United Farm Workers and the Fight for $15 and a Union will join forces with leading racial and social justice groups like the Movement for Black Lives, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, March On, Future Coalition, U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition, Center for Popular Democracy, Googlers Against Racism, Jobs with Justice and One Fair Wage to take action from coast to coast. A full list of organizations participating in the Strike for Black Lives is available here.