Union Members at Oddfellow and Rebekah Nursing Home Vote to Authorize Strike

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM EDT

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Union Members at Oddfellow and Rebekah Nursing Home Vote to Authorize Strike

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM EDT

Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- 1199 members at Oddfellow and Rebekah Nursing Home in Lockport voted overwhelmingly late Tuesday to send the Employer a 10-day strike notice.

According to a news release:

The vote comes after management unilaterally implemented parts of a contract settlement that was rejected by union members in two separate votes last week.

“We have been steadfast in trying to reach fair agreement.  An agreement that protects our residents and respects the work we do.  We are skilled and experienced caregivers and deserve a settlement that works for everyone,” says Michelle Haenle, Certified Nursing Assistant.

The Union is willing to meet with the Employer again to try to reach a long term contract settlement that works for everyone.

“We have talked to the Federal Mediator and have notified Oddfellow that we are ready to return to the table,” said Todd Hobler, 1199 VP. “The ball is in their court.”

The contract settlement reached last week included changes in health insurance and paid time off that benefited the Employer. In return, union members were to receive small bonuses this year and a 2% raise next year. When the Agreement was voted down because it did not include job security guarantees, Oddfellow implemented only the health insurance and paid time off provisions of the contract settlement, leaving workers with no pay increases for two years.

A one day strike will take place on Monday, May 7 if a fair contract settlement is not in place by that date, according to the Union.