EVENT CANCELLATION NOTICE: Wisconsin Home Care Workers and Consumers to Announce Results of Largest Union Election in Decades

Friday, May 7, 2010 General News J E 4

Release & Interviews Will Be Available This Afternoon

This Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 pm home care workers and consumers from across the state will gather with elected officials, healthcare advocates, and Wisconsin labor leaders to announce the results of a mail ballot election for more than 5,500 home care workers. Wisconsin faces a serious direct care workforce crisis as demand for home and community-based supports is increasing. Low wages, lack of affordable healthcare, no sick time and inadequate training opportunities across the homecare workforce is exacerbating this crisis.

In 2009, the healthcare workers of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin joined with home care workers and consumers to campaign for better working conditions and improved home care services throughout the state. In that same year, the Wisconsin legislature passed an amendment in the biannual budget to create the Wisconsin Quality Home Care Authority which ensures the right of home care workers to choose to join a union to improve the quality of their work and the quality of care they provide. The results of the election will be certified by the Wisconsin Election Commission on Thursday.

WHO: Karen Black, Wisconsin home care worker from La Crosse, WI

Steve Veridan, Chair, Wisconsin Chapter of Adapt, and home care consumer

Dian Palmer, RN, President, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin

WHAT: Results of statewide union election of home care workers

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 3:00 pm

WHERE: State House, Capitol Steps: 2 Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53702

With 2.2 million members in Canada, the United State sand Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- May 6/

SOURCE Service Employees International Union


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