We got into healthcare because we want to provide the best care possible to our residents. But things have been changing. Our facilities are getting hit by budget cuts, and sometimes management seems more interested in their profits than in our residents.
We deserve better — and so do our residents.
“My biggest concern is safe staffing, which just about all nursing homes struggle with. Last year our company got rid of some of our shower aides and reassigned their work to NACs. We saw this hurt staffing, so we documented every time one of us had staffing problems. Then we presented management with a report at a labor-management committee, and they agreed to bring back the shower aide for a high-acuity unit.
In February, I joined hundreds of union caregivers at the state capitol, where we successfully stopped proposed cuts to nursing home funding that would have made staffing worse across the state. If caregivers keep uniting together, then I’d like to see us push for a state law with staffing ratios for caregivers-to-residents like SEIU members already did in Oregon.”
— Serah Thuo, CNA at Evergreen Talbot
That’s why Working Washington is bringing healthcare workers together to protect resident care and make sure all healthcare jobs are good jobs. We know from experience that it makes a difference when we speak out together for change on issues like staffing levels, training, and fair treatment. By joining together, we can make our jobs better and improve resident care.