Gowanda Nurses Rally for Fair Contract

August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM EDT

Gowanda, N.Y. (WKBW)- Nurses in Gowanda are fighting back against what they call an unfair contract.

"We've been fighting for what we already had," Union Worker Kelly Booth said.

Union workers at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are working to keep the contract fair on many levels but have concerns about the proposed rise in health care for some of the workers. Increases in insurance is only one of the many problems with the contract.

"Take our shift differential away and change the way we take our time off," Booth said.

Nurse Cindy Rosselle agrees.

"We don't feel it's fair to all our staff but not everyone." Rosselle said.

The groups have been working on a union deal for nearly three months. Union 1199 SCIU Organizer Jim Crampton said during negotiations morale is low because they feel workers have made sacrifices without anything in return.

"We've done our part on conceded some things and now we're looking to the employer to conceded some things," Cramptons said

Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center officials release a statement saying that they are disappointed that the worker had to strike. They said they are working to make the deal that is fair to the workers, while also meeting the needs of the business. They go on to say that during the strike there was absolutely no disruption in service for the patients.

Workers said they hope this one-day rally will make a difference so they can go back to serving their community.