New Castle News

March 22, 2013

Workers conduct informational picket

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Health care workers set up an informational picket yesterday at Silver Oaks Nursing Center on Harbor Street.

The picket was one of 50 conducted throughout the state by members of Service Employees International Union, according to a union spokesperson.

The union is asking the state Legislature to take measures to improve standards of care for nursing home residents and working conditions for workers, and provide transparency and accountability of long term care facilities.

It specifically would like to see nursing facilities spend at least 95 percent of their Medicaid assistance resident care rate on resident care costs beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year.

SEIU also wants the state to require nursing homes to track turnover rates for health care workers and report the information to the state Department of Health, which would then post the data on its website.

It also wants to require a certain level of staffing to ensure actual nursing care is provided for residents.

An attempt to reach Mark Nord, Silver Oaks administrator, was unsuccessful yesterday.