Unity Living Center workers vote to join a union

Posted at: 06/20/2013 6:40 AM | Updated at: 06/20/2013 6:02 PM

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Low pay, unaffordable health insurance and employee respect. Those are the reasons some workers at Unity Living Center in Rochester give for wanting to join a union. Earlier Thursday, certain employees of Unity Health System's Unity Living Center voted to form a union with SEIU Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East.

One hundred and twenty nurses, aides and secretaries will join the Service Employees International Union.

Unity Health System released a statement saying, "Unity Health System has always provided all our employees a safe and healthful work environment, recognition for a job well-done and competitive pay and benefits. None of those things, nor any other aspect of the way we operate, can or will change as a result of this vote. While we respect the law and our workers' right to reach this decision, we must be honest and say that we believe our people would be far better off by keeping, saving and investing the money they will now be forced to spend on union dues."

The Unity Living Center is on Genesee Street in Rochester.


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