The Union bargaining team made up of worker-leaders from Avalon, Dakavia, Prestige, Empres, and Avamere, meets with employers to continue bargaining this week. Wages for non-direct care staff such as housekeepers and dietary workers remain a key issue in four of the chains, as well as staffing and union rights. These issues are particularly intense at Prestige where management refused experienced CNAs and CMAs the raises that all the other companies gave. It is no surprise, given this level of disrespect, that staffing is at crisis-level at Prestige and that the state has been called multiple times. Contracts expire on Sept 30th.
Last week nursing home workers all around the state stickered up to show support for our bargaining team, and to let management know that Heroes Deserve Healthcare.
Keep up the momentum this week: purple up and wear stickers at work! Demand that nursing home workers get treated like the heroes we are, and have always been!
Highlights of our union bargaining proposals
- A single statewide wage scale, that recognizes that all Oregonians have a high cost of living.
- Meet the Avamere wage scale for ALL workers, not just direct caregivers
- Real wage steps with annual COLAs
- Establish a fair experience review process to appropriately place workers on the wage scale
Differentials and bonuses
- Raise shift differentials and extra shift bonuses to incentivize better staffing for hard to fill shifts
- Longevity bonuses to recognize seniority and company loyalty
- Join our Healthcare Trust so that long term care workers can finally get the healthcare they deserve
Staffing and safety
- Establish a Statewide table for each chain to problem-solve issues of unsafe staffing
- Commit to midterm bargaining so that workers can immediately bargain over emergencies and issues that impact workers like Covid
- Better grievance language to allow stewards to hold the employer accountable