Employees at nursing and rehab center picket over benefit cuts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Workers picketed oustide of a Buffalo nursing and rehab center on Thursday.

Union employees at the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are upset about proposed cuts to their benefits. They say they’ve been without a contract since 2011, and that the offer in front of them would cut benefits, reduce paid time off, and slash pension funding.

Workers say it’s something they just can’t afford.

SEIU 1199 President Todd Hobler said, “They’re proposing having the contribution for health insurance and pension in particular, so that the retirement benefits would be reduced significantly and health insurance would become unaffordable for a lot of folks. And with the wage rates we have here, that’s a big cut, people can’t afford it.”

The administrator released a statement saying they want to work with employees to continue providing outstanding care to residents of the facility.

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