About 120 workers at two health and rehabilitation centers in Daytona Beach, Fla., recently joined UFCW Local 1625 for the better wages and benefits that come with being a member of our union family. These new members are employed by Next Level and Paramount staffing agencies, and work as certified nursing assistants and housekeeping, laundry and dietary staff at Carlton Shores Health and Rehabilitation Center and The Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center.
These workers joined our union family because they were concerned about insufficient wages and the lack of health and safety protocols to deal with the spread of COVID-19 cases at their health care centers. They were also concerned about the lack of job stability and respect in the workplace.
“With COVID-19 running rampant in Florida, the long-term care industry has been reaching out for help and we are the answer,” said International Vice President and UFCW Local 1625 President Ed Chambers. “UFCW Local 1625 represents over 20 percent of the state’s nursing home employees, including eight newly organized facilities in 2021, and we look forward to negotiating a first contract for these new members of our union family.”