Black healthcare workers at Philadelphia-area rehab center unionize

The vote, counted Thursday afternoon by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) via Zoom video conference, was 27-1. (In order to win a union election, workers need a majority of those who voted.) About 40 workers cast mail-in ballots, but 10 were voided because they lacked signatures and five were challenged because the employer said those workers were no longer employed at the facility.

“It is a shame someone is misleading the media with false facts … after 1199c only ‘won’ an election that DVRC did not even oppose with about 25% of the unit voting for the union,” Morgan said in a statement. “Of the more than 100 potential voters, the union had only 27 votes in its favor in this unopposed election.”

Morgan added: “DVRC has a long history of treating its employees generously and fairly, including giving additional pay to employees providing direct care during the pandemic. … In this setting, the health of DVRC’s direct-care employees and its residents are interrelated and DVRC has been taking all appropriate safety measures.”

Shaw, who was a member of 1199c at her last job, says the union will help her coworkers get a stronger voice on the job and offer them training opportunities to advance in their field, like certification to become a nursing assistant.

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