Minnesota union leaders address concerns for nursing home workers
A survey found that 1,300 nursing home works from 100 facilities across Minnesota say urgent change is needed in their workforce.
Wednesday, union leaders with SEIU Healthcare MN & IA hosted a zoom meeting to share the concerns of healthcare workers and spread awareness of the situation.
Right now, due to a shortage of workers, existing staff report being over worked across the entire state of Minnesota.
With the current situation union workers are frustrated, demanding an increase in the wage and a solution to to recruiting problem.
When asked what happens if their needs weren’t met, they responded with saying they will continue to work on finding the path with the Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board. However, if it turns out board will not meet them where they are at, they will take louder action.
The staffing issues are even prevalent, “The challenges are really across the board. I’m not aware of any facility that isn’t 100% position filled at the moment.” says Brian Pattock, the Executive Director of Benedictine Living Community.