United Healthcare Workers East, representing 85 healthcare workers at Bethany Gardens Nursing Home who work in nursing, housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, and activities, has canceled its Friday rally.
Officials said Bethany Gardens Nursing Home postponed the event due to the union and management reaching a tentative agreement at the bargaining table Thursday afternoon.
Union representatives said in the next week union members will vote to accept or reject the new agreement. More information will be available pending ratification of the new contract.
Throughout the pandemic organizers said these workers have gone above and beyond to care for their residents and keep them safe, often working without enough staff or outside of their normal work duties. Now, management is dismissing staff shortages in the nursing home by refusing to increase starting rates each year to stay competitive and retain valuable benefits that attract qualified staff.
Bethany Garden healthcare workers have been meeting with management to negotiate a new union contract since April. Caregivers say that without wage increases and benefits that ensure a secure retirement, turnover will increase and continuity of care for vulnerable nursing home residents will be compromised.