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Employees Hold One Day Strike at Gowanda Nursing Facility
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GOWANDA, NY -- After months of negotiations, members of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers are on a one-day strike.

Workers at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are taking part in a 24 hour work stoppage that started Monday at 6 a.m. and will end Tuesday at 5:59 a.m.

SEIU organizer Jim Crampton says negotiations between the employer and workers have been going on since May. The union provided a 10 day notice to go on strike, but little changes have been made since then.

Crampton says 134 workers are going on strike because there is "not enough movement on the medical insurance, not enough movement on the wages, and some loss of time through changing the system by which people get benefit time off."

During the strike workers will picket outside the building on Miller Street in Gowanda and reach out to the employer to schedule more negotiation time.

"This will send a clear message to the employer and to the community that our folks are serious about their approach to this negotiation and that we don't want any more delays. We need a contract."

According to Administrative Director Peter Fadeley, residents in the facility will be taken care of despite the strike.

In a statement Fadeley says of the facility, "It has hired temporary replacement employees in the event employees represented by 1199 do go out on a one-day strike."

The statement also reads, "The facility will continue operations as usual and will ensure excellent resident care during the strike. We assure the community that our residents will not be negatively affected by the strike."

The Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center says it is optimistic the parties will ultimately reach a contract that is fair to both sides.

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