YONKERS, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins intervened and brought all parties to the bargaining table after labor negotiations stalled regarding the Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion
"From my perspective, there were too many lives hanging in the balance: the residents who depend on quality nursing home care; workers facing a diminished standard of living; and a hospital straining under the weight of a nursing home it could no longer afford," said Stewart-Cousins.
"That's why I felt it extremely important to bring the parties back to the table and help them stay there, until a deal was reached," sh said. "Now, Adira will provide excellent nursing home care in partnership with 1199 workers, who will maintain their wages and benefits, so St. John's can continue to focus on what they do best, providing great hospital care."
A dispute over benefits and wages for members of the 1199 SEIU threatened the pending sale of the Nursing Pavilion from St. John's Riverside Hospital to Adira Rehabilitation. St. John's moved forward with the sale after three weeks of negotiations and a contract settlement on Aug. 25.
“Fortunately, the settlement indicates that St. John’s and Adira understand what 1199 and our elected officials have been saying all along--quality patient care and good jobs are the key to the health and prosperity of our region,” said Maria Kercado, 1199 SEIU executive vice president.
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