700 Illinois Nursing Home Workers Strike and Demand Wage Raises
More than 700 workers from 11 nursing homes in the Chicago suburbs went on a peaceful strike Monday morning. Against the background of more difficult working conditions during the pandemic and state aid in the amount of $ 300 million, the salaries of the strikers remained at the same level.
The unions and the owner of Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois had been negotiating a labor agreement for months, and when the needs of hundreds of workers were not met, at 6:00 am Monday, hundreds left their jobs and took to the streets with banners.
According to official information, the federal coronavirus relief aid totaled more than $ 13 million. Illinois lawmakers last year increased Medicaid funding for nursing homes by up to $ 240 million, and $ 70 million of that was meant to address staffing needs, according to the Chicago Tribune.
At the moment, nursing home workers receive $ 2 per hour, and until May and the revision of working conditions, the salary was even lower.