End the War Now Bring the Troops Home
National Day of Action
On Saturday, October 27, 2007 I attended an Anti-War rally organized by the Labor Contingent Assembly.
Hundreds of nursing home workers from former Pleasant Care Corporation homes have taken their message to the streets and turned up the heat on new facility owners making one thing clear: we won’t stand for anything less than a
fair contract and affordable healthcare.
Workers at six former PCC facilities have been embroiled in a contract fight with the owners since theytook over the facilities in October. Th e new owners immediately slashed worker healthcare, and proposed to freeze and cut wages and strip employees of their pension and seniority. The owners were repeatedly cancelling bargaining sessions and refusing to bargain in good faith. But as pickets have progressed – workers have held demonstrations at Emmanuel Health and Rehab Center in Maywood, Glendora and West Covina, and Ember Care Center in Pomona – the owners are starting to feel the pressure.
“I’ve been working at this facility for more than 20 years,” said
Teresita Ramirez, a housekeeping employee at Emmanuel of West Covina.
“Now, they want to cut our seniority? I’ve been so loyal to this
company. Now I fear for my job.”
At a bargaining session on Nov. 30, the owners said they are ready to settle this fight and pledged to
bargain in good faith. The next session is scheduled for mid-December.