Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation Caregivers Begin Strike
Caregivers at a Bronx nursing home hit the picket line yesterday.
Key among the issues raised by the health care workers - no health care.
Workers at Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation Center at 3400 Cannon Place in the west Bronx have been working without a contract for several years, according to their union, the Service Employees International Union 1199.But what pushed the 220 workers to walk out at 6 a.m. was their recent loss of health benefits.
Late last year, just before the holidays, the Kingsbridge nursing home unilaterally ended employee health benefits, suddenly stripping the workers and their children of their health insurance.
The nursing home is $2.5 million in arrears to the workers’ health benefit fund, and as a result, workers and their families lost their health care coverage completely last November.
The union says the facility’s owner, Helen Sieger, has refused to negotiate in good faith to resolve the dispute, thus forcing the strike.