The contract at Lakepointe will serve as a model for workers with expired contracts at nearly twenty nursing homes in metro Detroit
CLINTON TWP, MICHIGAN — SEIU nursing home workers have secured a three-year contract at Lakepointe Senior Care and Rehab which expands union and worker rights, enacts COVID-19 safety protections, and improves wages and benefits for nearly 80 workers. The contact will serve as a model for thousands of workers with expired contracts at over 20 nursing homes in Detroit.
Among the highlights of the contract include wage increases for all workers: dietary, housekeeping & laundry workers will average an 11% raise this year and average 25% over three years; certified nursing assistants (CNA) pay will go to a starting rate of $15/hr for a new CNA to $18/hr for a CNA with 10 or more years. The contract also provides perks such as tuition reimbursement, paid time off for part-time workers, additional paid sick time for COVID-19 related absences.
“With our new contract, we feel we are getting the respect that we deserve as frontline workers,” said Marsha Jenkins, Lakepointe housekeeping worker and SEIU union steward, “Working in a nursing home can be very demanding, and with additional challenges from COVID-19, our lives and health are at risk. All nursing home workers should have living wages, benefits, proper safety protections so that they can take care of themselves and their families.”
Lakepointe is owned and operated by Nexcare, which owns 18 facilities throughout the state of Michigan. SEIU has been working collaboratively with Nexcare to improve working conditions and safety precautions throughout their represented homes in Michigan.
The new contract stands in contrast to chains such as Villa and Ciena, who have not agreed to raises that bring workers close to the $15/hour, and fall short on safety protections demanded by the union. In response to stalled negotiations, hundreds of nursing home workers walked out of six metro Detroit nursing homes last Monday as part of a national Strike for Black Lives.
More than 50,000 nursing home residents and workers across the country have died from COVID-19, and over 1900 have died in Michigan alone.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including more than 75,000 nursing home workers. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.