Press conference to highlight workers who make some of lowest wages for nursing homes in the Detroit area
Detroit, MI – Dozens of workers and community members have announced their plan to picket at The Orchards at Northwest, a nursing home facility in northwest Detroit. The Orchards workers, community, and elected leaders will host a press conference on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:15pm at the nursing home.
When: Tuesday, December 5th at 3:15 pm
Where: The Orchards at Northwest, 16181 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235
What: Press Conference featuring dozens of workers and community leaders
Who: Dian Palmer, Trustee at SEIU Healthcare Michigan; Jeff Howard, Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 73; Kim Ford, CNA at The Orchards at Redford; A’lese Clarke, The Orchards at Northwest; Hill Harper, candidate for US Senate; Donavan McKinney, State Representative District 14; dozens of SEIU nursing home workers
After months of negotiations, workers say that The Orchards is taking advantage of Detroiters by keeping wages low.
“I like to help people and I feel that my purpose is to make a difference. When The Orchards took ownership of our nursing home, they made a lot of promises about improving wages and the care in the facility. I hoped that things would change, however, The Orchards has failed to deliver. I am standing with my union and fighting for higher pay because even though the work continues to be harder, the pay hasn’t kept up,” said A’lese Clarke, CNA at The Orchards at Northwest.
The Orchards consists of 9 facilities in Michigan owned by Robert Kornfeld, who resides in New Jersey. In June, over 70 nursing home workers at The Orchards at Redford went on strike for 8 days fighting for better wages and safe staffing. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, State Senator Mary Cavanagh, State Representative Laurie Pohutsky, Redford Township Supervisor Pat McRae, State Representative Donavan McKinney, State Senator Rosemary Bayer, and State Representative Stephanie A. Young joined the strike line to support workers.