News outlets in every region of Illinois and throughout the nation covered our announcement to #StrikeForOurLives at nursing homes if necessary.
“They are seeking at least $15 an hour and hazard pay for working during the pandemic. The workers are also demanding improved staffing, better training and more personal protective equipment.”Associated Press
“That’s why we’re ready to strike for our lives. Our lives and our residents’ lives matter.”Lavern Johnson (Wentworth Rehabilitation) told WBEZ.
“It isn’t enough to simply say they are heroes. We need to show them that they are heroes.”Tainika Somerville (Bridgeview) told the Chicago Tribune.
“My coworkers and I have told our management that we need more PPE and we need to know who has the virus in our facilities so we can help keep everyone safe but they seem more focused on protecting their profits than protecting people.”Francine Rico (Villa of Windsor Park ) told the Rockford Register Star & The State Journal-Register.
“We’re here today because nursing home workers across Chicago & the state have been pushed beyond all imaginable limits.”Nursing Homes Vice President Shab Andrich told WGN.
“I got fired for asking for – over and over again – for the proper PPE gear, an open line of communication which requires the truth, more staffing because we were short-staffed, and hazards pay.”Tainika Somerville (Bridgeview) told ABC 7 News.
Click to see all the coverage from yesterday’s announcement.