Members of the union representing 160 workers at Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo have authorized a strike to begin April 14 after contract talks with the facility’s owner broke down late Thursday.
Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union announced Friday that it was giving 10 days’ notice for a work stoppage at the 200-bed skilled nursing facility at 1014 Delaware Ave.
Todd Hobler, a union vice president and chief negotiator, said in a statement that the facility’s owner, the Bronx-based Centers for Speciality Care Group, is seeking deep benefit cuts, increases in employee contributions to health-care costs and an end to daily overtime, among other concessions.
SEIU said the certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, unit secretaries and service workers at the facility earn an average wage of $13 per hour.
No new contract talks are scheduled, according to the union. Centers for Specialty Care did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Friday afternoon.