On July 20, 2021, the Scranton Times published an article written by Denise Allabaugh concerning roughly 1,500 Pennsylvania nursing home workers planning to strike on July 27th. Employees from local nursing homes around the Northeast Pennsylvania region (ex: Wilkes Barre, Plains, Nanticoke, and Taylor) are expected to participate in the strike. This article mentions that the strike is happening due to low wages, a reduction in the numbers of nursing home staff and dated nursing home statutes as well as the struggles brought on from the Covid 19 pandemic.
The article mentions a correlation between low nursing home staff leading to poor nursing care. Allabaugh writes that studies performed by SEIU suggest “staffing shortages are associated with serious complications including pressure ulcers, medications errors, and new infections. In addition, SEIU stated that twenty residents are receiving daily care from just one caregiver. Because of this lack of care, nursing home employees would like to see updated guidelines that increase the hours of care for residents. As alluded to in the article, the Pennsylvania State legislature passed a $247 million dollar budget for nursing home employees. Hopefully, with this money and upcoming strike, nursing home employees will be able to improve the nursing home care system, and nursing home residents will be able to receive the proper care that they deserve.
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Allabaugh, Denise. “Making a Statement Workers at 21 nursing homes across state plan one-day strike a week from now.” The Times Tribune, 20 July 2021, pp. C1.