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SEIU, DNC agree to work together for justice at Wingate
20 Nov 2001
SEIU and Democratic National Committee agree to work together for justice at Wingate at Wilbraham nursing home
Wingate workers and their supporters will leaflet guests at Boston’s DNC breakfast -- but not picket

BOSTON – Leaders of both SEIU Local 285 and the SEIU and Democratic National Committee agree to work together for justice at Wingate at Wilbraham nursing home Democratic National Committee (DNC) reached an eleventh hour agreement Monday afternoon to work together for a settlement at the Wingate at Wilbraham nursing home that will be fair to caregivers and improve the quality of care.

After intensive discussions about a planned picket by caregivers from the nursing home at Tuesday morning’s fundraiser, the DNC has agreed to step in to convene a meeting with Wingate owner Gerald Schuster and the union to work towards a settlement. The DNC also will announce that the fundraiser will proceed without the Schusters’ money or participation.

The union members will leaflet participants at the Park Plaza Hotel breakfast with an appeal for justice for the nursing home employees on Tuesday, November 20. The Wingate caregivers will be joined by members of SEIU, other AFL-CIO unions and the Mass Senior Action Council.

“Today, thanks to the unity of our members and help from the AFL-CIO, the Democratic State Committee, Mayor Thomas Menino, and the Democratic National Committee, we are one large step closer to winning a first contract for employees at Wingate,” said Celia Wcislo, president of SEIU Local 285.

“However, this fight isn’t over until we get an agreement in writing for significant improvements in staffing, pay, benefits and the quality of care,” Wcislo added. “If there isn’t significant progress soon, we’ll be back at the next Schuster-sponsored event.”

In addition to numerous unfair labor practice charges, the Wingate nursing home has been charged with violating public health, safety, and fair housing laws.
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