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PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: UNION THREATENS TO ABANDON MORE THAN 5,000 NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President John August announced that employees from 45 nursing homes across Pennsylvania have authorized strikes in all of the facilities to commence Feb. 8.
 In response, Robert H. Moran, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, has prepared the following statement:
 "We're appalled by the reckless actions of SEIU and its president, John August. By submitting strike notices and threatening to walk out in 45 facilities all on the same day, they've made it clear to everyone that their concern is not the welfare of the residents of these nursing homes, but rather to establish a crisis situation and thereby manipulate the bargaining process. However, the union's threat to simply abandon the more than 5,000 elderly who reside in these nursing homes will not be successful. This association and the nursing homes affected will do everything in their power to ensure that the quality of care to which the residents are accustomed will not be interrupted by a strike. This isn't bargaining in good faith; this is the union creating unnecessary chaos.
 "Our members have continued to bargain in good faith despite the fact that the union has pushed the negotiating process far past the contract expirations of most of these nursing homes. Some of the contracts expired as far back as May of last year.
 "Our members are ultimately responsible for the welfare of the individuals who reside in their nursing homes, and we intend to take all necessary steps to ensure the residents' safety and well-being."
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 /CONTACT: Janet L. Wall of Pennsylvania Health Care Association, 717-657-4902/


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