Workers Picket at Care Center in Carlton
Posted at: 09/09/2013 5:32 PM
| Updated at: 09/09/2013 6:05 PM
By: Emily Haavik
Workers from Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton held an informal picket Monday.
The workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, rejected a proposal from their employer last Thursday. Issues on the table include money they say is overdue to the pension fund, and mandatory overtime. Cheryl Juutilainen is a nursing assistant at the care center. She said the most important thing to her is patient care, which she believes is jeopardized when employees work too much overtime.
"I would like people to be able to listen to us and not just management," she said. "We do know what's going on. We care about our residents, and we'd like them to be able to keep their home."
Inter-Faith Care Center Administrator Connie Anderson issued a statement Monday. She said that they will negotiate to protect the center, its residents and employees, and the community. Anderson said she hopes the union will resolve the issues at the bargaining table, and "not by spreading conflict and misinformation."