Wisconsin Caregivers Ratify Union Contract
On the same day Scott Walker signed the anti-Union, anti-worker “right-to-work” law in March of 2015, caregivers at United Pioneer Home, a long term care facility in the small town of Luck, WI voted to unionize.
On Monday April 4, 2016, those same workers, over a year after their organizing victory, voted unanimously to accept and ratify their first Union contract.
The main reason for the Union drive at the facility was a demand for fair treatment and respect, which were addressed strongly throughout negotiations. On top of a more respectful workplace, workers secured higher wages, guaranteed progressions, improved leave benefits and above all, dignity.
Jennifer Christensen, Secretary Treasurer for UFCW Local 1189, helped negotiate the Agreement and had this to say:
“The braveness of the workers to stand up and demand respect from their employer in the face of such adversity is a testament to the strength of these new union members. We applaud the resolve of these hardworking folks who provide the most personal of care to our most vulnerable family members.
The desire to attract and retain permanent employees in order to provide the best quality of care possible for their residents was always a focus for the caregivers on the Union negotiating committee.
The ability to improve one’s workplace is a powerful thing and will be a benefit not only to the workers, but to the people who call the facility home.”
Abraham Wangnoo, Director of Organizing
United Food &Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1189 represents approximately 10,000 workers in retail, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. For more information on UFCW 1189 go to www.ufcw1189.org.