Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The United Steelworkers Local 7898 grew by more than 100 members last week when workers at the Lakes of Litchfield voted to join the union.
Union President James Sanderson said the 102 employees are full and part time housekeepers, laundry workers, certified nursing assistants, dietary workers, activity employees, maintenance employees, concierges and sitters who are employed by Live Long Well Care LLC.
The vote tally was 55 for the union and 39 against, Sanderson said. The next step in the process will to begin bargaining a labor agreement.
“The healthcare workers in the State of South Carolina thinks it time to stand up and start being heard. They understand and realize the only way this is going to happen to organize and form a union,” said Sanderson. “We are extremely proud of the workers at Lakes at Litchfield for standing united and voting for the union. The workers had to endure a great deal of pressure from management each day up to the election. The workers are extremely excited and look forward to having their issues addressed through the Contract Negotiation process. The workers fully understand the “The Right to Hire and Fire at will doctrine here in South Carolina. The only way to overcome this Inhumane law is by having a union.”
Sanderson notes South Carolina a “very anti-worker” state which, he said, is demonstrated by the state not having a minimum wage law.
“If it was not for the federal government, employers in the state could pay whatever that want to pay,” he said.