NLRB issues a complaint against Heritage Lakeside nursing home in Rice Lake, Wi.
Attached is a complaint issued by the NLRB on June 27, 2018 for actions against the workers at Heritage Lakeside (Formerly Rice Lake Convalescent Center).
Our Union has proudly represented the workers at Rice Lake Convelescent Center for decades. With the death of the owner, workers have suffered and fought to maintain their rights even as their employer works to deny them.
Wages are stagnant. Shifts and hours have been arbitrarily changed.
Caregivers continue to provide compassionate care for their residents, but with little support and open hostility for workers who favored the union that was taken from them when the employer merged their larger non-union Heritage staff with the smaller union Rice Lake facility.
Most recently, the employer has further harmed the workers when it subcontracted out the laundry and housekeeping department; with the new company offering jobs at significantly lower wages, with fewer hours, and no benefits as all full-timers were brought back into non benefited pt jobs. The workers who didn't lose their jobs, lost their healthcare and vacation benefits.
It has taken a great deal of time for these hardworking folks to receive tangible affirmation from the federal National Labor Relations Board, and now they have.
With scarce dollars available to care for the vulnerable and the elderly in long term care, it is a travesty that this employer (American enterprises DBA as Heritage Lakeside) has chosen to use it to attack the caregivers and use a several high buck attorneys to do so.