BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – Complete nursing staff at Marcella Nursing Home are planning to strike for 24 hours because of what they call unfair work practices and benefit cuts. CBS3 was there early Wednesday morning when workers began striking outside the Burlington Township facility.
A spokesman for Complete Care issued the following statement to CBS3:
With more than 1,200 seniors and their families at risk and more than 1,500 jobs at Genesis HealthCare’s nursing homes at risk due to its precarious finances, Complete Care stepped in to prevent a disruption to resident care and to preserve jobs.
Complete Care offers a comprehensive health plan and competitive advantages, and our facilities are known as great places to work. We have been negotiating in good faith with 1199 SEIU since the beginning to obtain a fair and just contract. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet, but we are still striving in this direction. Regardless of the few employees who have chosen to strike, the high-quality patient-centered care we provide to our patients will not be interrupted or affected.
The Union’s characterization of our business does not reflect our values or culture, nor does it reflect the experiences of the thousands of families who have entrusted us with the care of their loved ones.
Complete Care staff at the Green Knoll and Bridgeport locations are also on strike.