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.