Stillwater Center Nurses Receive Support From Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley as Contract Negotiations Continue Amid COVID19 Pandemic

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In the last week, nurses with the Stillwater Center have received support from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. The nurses 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: Monday, October 19, 2020.
Media Contact: Carol Walters – Deputy Director: (740) 709-9004.

DAYTON, OHIO – Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 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. In the last week, the nurses have received support from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown who have written to members of the Montgomery County Commission to help encourage a fair contract agreement.

In a letter dated October 14th, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wrote that the workers “deserve to be treated with dignity, to have their voices heard at the bargaining table, and to receive compensation that takes into account the unprecedented conditions they are navigating to provide critical services to some of our state’s most vulnerable residents.” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley wrote on October 12th, “these nurses work tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the Stillwater Center, providing these very valuable residents with high-quality care.”

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. “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,” 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. “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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