Nursing home workers employed by Guardian Angels in Elk River voted overwhelmingly on May 10 to authorize a strike, but as of May 13 no strike date has been set.

The group’s membership, who does housekeeping, laundry, dietary, health unit coordinating, nursing assistance, recreation, and maintenance, are members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. The two sides have reportedly held more than 10 bargaining sessions.

The union stated in a press release they want “safe staffing levels, respect for workers who want a collective voice in their workplace and calls for investment in dedicated staff so they can invest in their community.”

Jane Gardner, a nursing assistant and TMA at Guardian Angels for nearly 14 years, shared her feelings why the group voted to authorize a strike if the two sides don’t reach an agreement.

“As dedicated employees of Guardian Angels, all we are asking is for them to invest in their dedicated employees so residents can continue to get quality care,” she said. “We want to feel respected and valued and we want to have a voice through our union.”

Guardian Angels Care Center, is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit care provider. It currently holds the highest rating at 5 Stars from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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