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More than 2,000 workers to stage simultaneous pickets at 50 nursing homes statewide

Call for owners to invest more resources in quality care for residents instead of pocketing record high profits

CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana:

WHAT: More than 2,000 nursing home workers throughout Illinois will picket at 50 nursing homes in simultaneous actions to demonstrate a need for nursing home owners to invest more resources in resident care. Persistent quality care concerns – short staffing, supply shortages, worker turnover -- have dogged numerous homes in the Illinois Association of Health Care Facilities (IAHCF), particularly since the State of Illinois implemented historic 2010 staffing legislation.

Workers, members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, contend that owners of IAHCF homes should invest some of the cumulative $50.5 million in profits made last year to raise standards at their homes, reduce staff turnover by raising wages and provide adequate staffing levels as stipulated in the new legislation.

WHO: 2,000 nursing home workers at 50 nursing homes throughout Illinois in simultaneous pickets

WHEN: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WHERE: Among the 50 sites are:

  • Rainbow Beach Nursing Home, 7325 S. Exchange Ave., Chicago, Ill. (Rainbow Beach administrators sued to prevent state monitors from entering the facility and the home has been cited for obstruction of discharge planning.)
  • Lakeshore Nursing Home, 7200 N. Sheridan Ave., Chicago, Ill. (Patient burned to death after lighting a cigarette.)
  • Oak Park Healthcare Center, 625 N. Harlem Ave., Oak Park, Ill. (Resident beaten to death by another resident)
  • Alden Des Plaines, 1221 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Ill.

Visuals: Nursing home workers with picket signs.

SOURCE SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana