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AUDUBON VILLA ISSUE STATEMENT ON IMPENDING SEIU STRIKE

 LITITZ, Pa., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who were prepared to strike to Audubon Villa nursing home in Lititz, Friday extended their strike deadline by 72 hours. The announcement was made following a brief negotiating session with a federal mediator Friday morning.
 "We have been attempting to reach an agreement with the union, without success," said Frank Hayman, one of the center's general partners. "At this point it appears that the positions of the local are being manipulated by their statewide organization. We get the impression they are more concerned with pushing their statewide agenda than in dealing with the concerns of the local membership.
 "It is our hope that the local union negotiating team will use the extension to review our offer with the other members of local 668. At that point we might have some realistic basis for continuing the negotiations."
 The proposal, presented by management is substantially the same as a contract agreed to unanimously at Evergreen Nursing Center in Butler County last week. The SEIU had targeted that center and over 40 other nursing facilities statewide for simultaneous strikes on Feb. 8. The Evergreen settlement is the first new contract at any of the homes threatened by the strikes. Audubon Villa and Evergreen are owned by the same group.
 Tom King, chief negotiator for the Audubon Villa owners, expressed doubt that constructive talks would be possible as long as the union continues to demand participation in the SEIU's national pension plan. "We have offered an attractive package that includes wage increases, improved fringe benefits and the creation of a 401K pension plan. Our proposal addresses all of the union's stated concerns, but they are unwilling to bargain in good faith on the pension issue.
 The strike is now scheduled to begin Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 a.m.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Morse, director of public relations of Audubon Villa, 412-922-9576 or 412-794-1837/


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