Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The United Steelworkers of America Local 7898 has added a new group of workers its membership.
Last week, workers at Prince George Health Care Center in Maryville voted and overwhelmingly agreed to join the union, said Union President James Sanderson.
The vote was 62 in favor and 18 against the idea.
“The company fought us every step of the way. But we won because we put the facts out, while they just put spin out,” Sanderson said.
Sanderson said the workers that will be represented are certified nursing assistants, housekeepers, maintenance employees, dietary staff, secretaries, restorative therapists and receptionists.
“Once certified by the National Labor Relations Board (we) will begin contract negotiations over the workers’s working conditions, wages and benefits,” Sanderson said, “We welcome the workers of Prince George Nursing Home to our family.”
Local 7898 also represents Phoenix Services LLC, two units at the Georgetown Memorial Hospital, SODEXO (House Keepers and Environmental Services) and SODEXO (Cafeteria), ArcelorMittal Steel and the International Paper Container Plant.
“This important victory should be a signal to all workers in South Carolina and elsewhere that the facts beat fear,” said Daniel Flippo, USW District 9 director. “These brave workers had a clear choice between the status quo and progress, and they chose progress.”