Nursing Home Workers Stage One-Day Strike on MLK Day

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. marched with striking sanitation workers in Memphis, nursing home workers followed in his footsteps by going on strike on the day that bears his name.

The nearly 70 workers, mostly African American women, at Veracare Nursing Home in Burbank, IL, have struggled for a fair contract for nearly a year, while being subjected to numerous unfair labor practices by the facility’s new owner. In response the workers have chosen to go on a one-day unfair labor practice strike on MLK Day to demand that the owner cease his unfair practices and bargain a fair contract.

Many of the striking workers have cared for residents at the facility for over 20 years, but have illegally had their years of seniority erased and their accumulated vacation hours taken away.

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