"The union's knowing misrepresentations are very disappointing," Zambito said in a statement. "They've gone so far as to put out a flyer that
The current labor strife over the union's expired three-year contract means that Elant's sole remaining senior living facility, and it's four former local locations, have all faced either lawsuits over seniors' living conditions or labor strife in recent months.
Once a local senior care giant, nonprofit Elant finalized the sale of nursing homes in
The four former Elant homes have racked up a long list of state
Workers represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East also plan to picket over staffing levels at Elant's former
Now, labor unrest has hit Elant's last facility. Currently, management pays a percentage of gross payroll for health insurance through the 1199 SEIU national benefit fund. The same goes for the workers' pension.
Plus, those retiring before age 65, when they're eligible for full Medicare benefits, would lose their robust union health insurance because they must have the union pension plan to receive it.
Management acknowledges a desire to eliminate an employee education fund. And the union says management has offered 1 percent annual raises, not the 3 percent the union wants, provided employees buy an unspecified management-offered health plan that adds co-pays, deductibles and cost-sharing.
Management counters that the union health plan is exorbitant, and its costs keep rising, while the education fund isn't being used. Zambito said Elant is doing its best to manage the costs of providing high-quality senior services, and the union's media negotiating tactics and incivility are not helpful.
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