03 - 22 - 2013 Golden Living Center picketed over better wages
LEWISTOWN - A group of employees from Golden LivingCenter-William Penn picketed the nursing home's parking lot on Thursday afternoon in demand of better wages and improved resident care. The demonstration was part of a statewide Day of Action, involving SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union members. "Our message today is 'Quality Care and Quality Jobs,'" said Donna Heimbach, a certified nursing assistant at William Penn. "We're trying to spread awareness that something needs to change in the nursing home industry." Since negotiations began in January, wages have been a consistent issue on both sides. On top of an already low starting salary, Golden LivingCenters is trying to decrease the yearly raise from 30 cents to 15 cents a year.