Redding nursing home employees endure heat for improved wages and benefits

About 50 people endured the hot summer sun to picket outside a Redding nursing home on Monday as part of an effort to get a new contract for union workers at the facility, according to the Record Searchlight.

Members of the Service Employees International Union carried signs and chanted as they stood on the sidewalk outside Windsor Care Center on Court Street.

Workers at the skilled nursing facility said they have been trying to get a new union contract for the past year. Issues being negotiated included wages, benefits and staffing levels at the facility, they said.

"We're just asking for these people to be treated fairly for the hard work they do," said Cindie Fonseca, Northern California Regional director for SEIU. The union represents about 80 employees at the facility, including housekeeping workers, nurses, kitchen workers and dietary aides.

An official at Windsor declined to comment on the negotiations or the picketing.

Fonseca said there were about 50 people out on the picket line. She said they started at 2:45 p.m. and hoped to continue for about 2 hours, but the afternoon sun took its toll on the pickets, forcing some to seek shade or a cool spot indoors.

Read the full story at the Record Searchlight.

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