Potential strike looms at four nursing homes in Hudson and Bergen
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A protest in May at the Alaris Health facility in Guttenberg, which workers allege may be closed to make way for luxury high-rise.
A protest in May at the Alaris Health facility in Guttenberg, which workers allege may be closed to make way for luxury high-rise.
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Workers at four area nursing homes will hold a press conference tomorrow at Journal Square in Jersey City to announce a potential strike.

The four Alaris Health nursing homes are in Union City, Guttenberg, Jersey City, and Rochelle Park. The 450 workers threatening to strike include certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, dietary aides, recreation aides, and housekeepers.

The healthcare workers union contends that caregivers have been working under expired contracts for three months. Unfair labor practice charges have been filed against Alaris for refusing to bargain in good faith.

Among the issues are proposed cuts threatening workers’ jobs, higher health premiums and reduced benefits for employees, and insufficient staffing levels at the four facilities.

The union is also calling for Alaris to “be forthright to nursing home residents and their families about its plan to tear down the facility at Boulevard East [in Guttenberg] to build a 14-story luxury high-rise,” according to a press release.

Dates for the potential strike have not been announced.



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