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Cherry Hill Nursing Home Workers Win Union Voice

Cherry Hill nursing home workers are celebrating their new union and the ability to bargain their wages, benefits, and working conditions. Workers won the election last month after a tough campaign in which management used union-busting tactics to try to deter workers from supporting the Union.

“We need a union so that we can have a voice on what’s happening on the job, fair treatment, job security, and competitive wages. Only last year did dietary and housekeeping workers start receiving $12/hour on the job. We also want Cherry Hill to provide enough supplies to support resident care. We chose SEIU because they know what healthcare workers need and what to negotiate in a nursing home contract,” said Mary Lewis, a housekeeping worker at Cherry Hill.

Workers are completing bargaining surveys and will begin negotiating a contract in the upcoming months.

“What the union difference means to me is teamwork, fairness, unity, and growth. We need structure and a shoulder to lean on. We are working hard to improve working conditions and reduce short-staffing at our facility,” said Sherenea Theus, a LPN at Cherry Hill.