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Nursing home workers’contract signals start of statewide union push

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An overwhelming majority of nursing home workers at 10 Sava Senior Care facilities in Northern California ratified a new contract in July. It will cover more than 1,000 workers who are members of the Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW).

This is the first major agreement reached during UHW’s 2008 coordinated statewide campaign in which more than 75,000 health care workers at more than 100 nursing homes and 50 hospitals throughout California will negotiate new contracts.

The new contract, which runs for two years with an option to extend to a third year, provides workers with wage increases as high as 16% over the life of the agreement. Starting nurse assistants’ wages can reach $16.61, which is the highest starting pay for that position in a nursing home in California.

The agreement also includes several employment security guarantees, which are the first of their kind in the nursing home industry.

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