According to the SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union, two nursing home companies and hundreds of unionized workers have reached a tentative agreement, suspending strikes at facilities across the state.
Current contracts with Comprehensive Healthcare and Priority Healthcare must first be ratified by unionized workers. A press release from SEIU Healthcare said it could happen as early as Saturday, September 10.
Around 700 workers, including nurses, went on strike on September 2 at 14 facilities owned by the two separate companies. Strikes scheduled to begin Friday, September 9 at four additional company-owned facilities have been halted due to the tentative agreement.
New Castle News in Lawrence County reported that workers at The Grove at New Castle, owned by Comprehensive, signed their new contracts Friday and plan to return to work Saturday.
SEIU Healthcare members have called for higher minimum starting salaries, increments to retain experienced employees, employer-paid health insurance, and “succession language” in the new contract to protect terms and conditions. sale of an establishment.
Pennsylvania’s latest budget provided at least an additional $515 million for the nursing home sector, in part by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, which have long been stagnant, and also by adjusting minimum staffing ratios. to help address labor shortages.
Unionized workers and a third company, Guardian Healthcare, reached a deal the week of August 29 that averted strikes at 18 more facilities.
A deal with independent company Shenandoah Heights Healthcare in Schuylkill County has yet to be reached, according to the union.