Last week, members held vigils in six cities to remember nursing home residents and staff members that have lost their lives in the COVID19 pandemic. To stand with your co-workers and to have a Union means to have a powerful voice. I want to share with you some of the important moments.
• West Virginia members in Huntington were interviewed by TV stations, including WOWK, and discussed the need for greater quality of care and hazard pay.
• In Cincinnati, Executive Board Member Kay Bishop, who works at Harrison Pavilion, called for more support for nursing home workers and additional protective equipment in an interview with TV News 12.
• Brenda Rushton, a member leader, and nursing home workers in Youngstown, Ohio, joined together with local leaders, to discuss their need for safe staffing, protective equipment, and higher wages.
• In Cleveland, members spoke out about the challenges at their facilities, including the tragic loss of a beloved co-worker to COVID19.
• Nursing home members in Pomeroy, Ohio, held a vigil that was covered in an article in the Daily Sentinel as they spoke out about the needs of nursing home workers during this crisis and after.
• Finally, in Toledo, members such as Gwendolyn Powell, a dietary aide, gathered at One Government Center, to call on political leaders to take action to improve working conditions for all nursing home workers.
Our Union unites working people from different backgrounds and many places to speak out about the issues that are important to our families. Members are taking action for the changes that they need for themselves, their co-workers, and those for whom they provide care. One thing that all nursing home workers can do right now is to take action by sending a letter to legislative leaders about the need for the changes highlighted at the vigils last week – send a letter today here.
If you need immediate assistance, you can always contact your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH