Livonia, Mich. – Nursing home workers are celebrating a major victory at Marywood Nursing Care Center in Livonia, as SEIU Healthcare Michigan members overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract on Wednesday which includes raises for all workers and benefits such as increased paid time off. The new union contract includes an average raise of 18.5% for workers over the term of the contract. Some workers will receive up to a $3.85 wage increase. Employees will see a significant increase in their sick and personal days.
“Through our union, we got the deal we were hoping for,” said Jackie Crenshaw, laundry worker and SEIU steward at Marywood, “It means a lot of our workers. Everyone is happy because this agreement will help us take care of ourselves and our families.”
SEIU continues to negotiate contracts at nearly three dozen nursing home facilities in metro Detroit. Workers are fighting for $15 wages for all workers and $18 wages for CENAs, paid sick leave, proper PPE equipment, and affordable healthcare.
SEIU has had recent success negotiating enhanced ‘pandemic’ pay for facilities with COVID-19 patients with nursing home chains such as SAVA, Nexcare, MediLodge, and Advantage. SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Andrea Acevedo hopes to channel these small wins into larger victories that affect workers across the nursing home industry.
“Many are saying that our frontline nursing home workers are heroes,” said Acevedo “Let’s not leave them behind when this is over. Our workers deserve paid sick leave, $15/hour minimum wages, and affordable healthcare.”