Stillwater Center Members in Dayton Ask for Community Support and Stand United for a Fair Contract as Union Negotiations Continue Amid the COVID19 Pandemic

During an outbreak that recently occurred, 25 staff members and residents with the Stillwater Center contracted COVID19. Nurses with the Stillwater Center have been working tirelessly in the current pandemic to protect residents – healthcare workers and their families have also been exposed to a new level of risk as the pandemic continues.

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Media Contact: Carol Walters – Deputy Director: (740) 709-9004.

DAYTON, OHIO – Members of SEIU District with the Stillwater Center in Dayton are currently negotiating their next three year contract agreement. Workers with the facility have continued working bravely during the current pandemic, despite often difficult conditions.

On August 10th, members with the Stillwater Center alerted local media through a press release sent by SEIU District 1199 that workers at the facility believed that some infectious disease control protocols, such as quarantining staff following exposure, needed to be improved. At that time only a handful of cases had been reported by the Ohio Department of Health. Ultimately, 25 staff members and residents contracted COVID19 in that outbreak. SEIU District 1199 represents approximately 32 nurses with the Stillwater Center and numerous healthcare workers there have contracted COVID19 through their work.

“In negotiations, the Stillwater Center has offered minimal wage increases for these brave nurses. We believe that staff retention and caring for those serving on the frontlines of this crisis is within the interests of local government and management at the Stillwater Center,” said Carol Walters, a deputy director with SEIU District 1199. “While we understand budgetary concerns, many staff members at the Stillwater Center have actually contracted COVID19, which may have long-term health implications,” continued Walters.

Workers with the Stillwater Center care deeply about their work and have do everything possible each day to maintain the highest possible level of quality care. This week, the workers submitted a new public records request to management to understand what stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) are available at the facility to prepare for the possibility of a new outbreak. Workers also sent a letter about ongoing negotiations to members of the Montgomery County Commission on September 17th.

“Nurses have always been heroes in Dayton and across our country. Members of the public in Montgomery County are submitting letters to local officials to ask them to stand with these nurses. It’s critical that we care for those who care for others in this crisis,” concluded Walters.

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