Nursing home workers and their supporters rally to support quality residential care

After management replaces 38 workers with inexperienced temporary staff, community brings concerns to Pleasanton corporate headquarters
Oakland/Pleasanton – Caregivers and residents of Oakland senior community Piedmont Gardens and will rally at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, to support quality resident care and stand behind 38 caregivers who were illegally fired and replaced with unskilled temporary workers. Supporters will also deliver a letter to CEO David Ferguson signaling their disgust with the corporation’s behavior.

Piedmont Garden workers have been struggling to negotiate a new contract with American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) since February. The workers have made common-sense proposals including modest economic improvements, but management has insisted on harmful proposals that put workers and frail and elderly residents at risk. For example, current policies encourage workers to come to work when they are sick, because even if they have enough sick time on the books workers can be fired for taking more than 5 sick days per year.
Earlier this month, the caregivers went on a 5 day strike in response to management’s violation of federal labor laws, including illegally firing union supporters and unilaterally changing work rules. When the workers tried to return to their jobs Saturday after the scheduled 5-day action, 38 of them were told they had been permanently replaced by untrained, temporary workers.

WHAT: Rally in support of nursing home residents and 38 fired caregivers; delivery of community support letter to ABHOW corporate headquarters
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2010
WHERE: 6120 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588
WHO: Nursing home workers and community supporters including clergy, elected officials and labor leaders

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