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Picket DNC breakfast Tueday Nov. 20
14 Nov 2001
Until the Democratic National Committee pledges not to accept any contributions from the Schusters…the Nov. 20 DNC breakfast picket is still on!
Until the Democratic National Committee pledges not to accept any contributions from the Schusters…

The Nov. 20 DNC breakfast picket still on!

BOSTON – Despite Elaine and Gerald Schuster’s withdrawal from Tuesday’s Democratic National Committee (DNC) breakfast, union and community groups plan to picket the event until leaders of the DNC pledge to refuse further contributions from the Schusters’ and condemn their anti-union labor practices.

The Schusters own the Wingate at Wilbraham nursing home where workers have been struggling to improve pay and staffing since early 1999. The Wingate nursing home has been charged with violating a number of public health, labor, safety, and fair housing laws. Starting pay rates for caregivers at the home are as low as $8.00 per hour.

According to today’s Boston Globe, Elaine Schuster has withdrawn from the breakfast event at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel. However, the DNC has not yet confirmed its commitment to workers’ rights.

Caregivers at the nursing home and union leaders are asking the DNC to refuse contributions from the Schusters until the nursing home fairly negotiates a first union contract with its employees.

“We’ve been asking the DNC to stop taking money from the Schusters since January,” said Celia Wcislo. “If Democrats want support from working families, it has to be a two way street.”

“We want the Democratic Party to take the same principled stand that the state Democratic Party has,” said Robert Haynes, president of the Mass AFL-CIO.

Last May, the Massachusetts State Democratic Party announced it would refuse contributions from the Schusters.

The protest and picket line is sponsored by SEIU Local 285, the Mass AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council, and Mass Jobs with Justice.

Copies of a flyer announcing the picket line and documents showing charges by the Mass. Department of Public Health, OSHA and the NLRB are available from SEIU Local 285.
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