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Strike at Millbrae Nursing Home Called Off

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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MILLBRAE, Calif., April 14 Healthcare workersat Emmanuel Millbrae Convalescent Hospital called off their planned three-daystrike on Monday, after Assemblyman Gene Mullin asked them to give thefacility's ownership another chance at working out a solution that preservesworkers' rights to stand up for improved resident care.

Caregivers at the nursing home, who are members of SEIU United HealthcareWorkers-West, had announced last week their plan to strike and picket the homefor three days over the actions of the new owners, A&C Health Care Services,which healthcare workers feel have jeopardized the level of care at EmmanuelMillbrae.

Healthcare workers have raised concerns that the actions of A&C HealthCare Services could threaten resident care at the 140-bed nursing home. Forexample, the same company operates Camden Convalescent Hospital in Campbell,where over the last two years, inspectors have found widespread problems withfire safety and pharmacy services.

Caregivers at Emmanuel Millbrae launched a previous, 24-hour strike inFebruary over unfair labor practices at the facility, including the unjustfiring of pro-union workers and unilateral reductions in benefits and paidtime off. The complaint related to those charges is still pending with theNational Labor Relations Board, and a hearing has been scheduled for April 21.

The 150,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West is the largesthospital and healthcare union in the western United States and representsevery type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical andservice classifications. Our mission is to achieve high-quality healthcare forall.

CONTACT: Mason Stockstill(510) 206-8247

SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
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