NORWOOD – Nursing home workers represented by Service Employees International Union New Jersey Local 1199 were scheduled to picket the Buckingham Care and Rehabilitation Center in Norwood as part of a day of nationwide action on Wednesday, the union said.
The action will take place in more than a dozen states at 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to a union press release.
Workers at the rehabilitation center will demand action to “properly enforce” the state’s Safe Staffing for Nursing Homes Act, which sets certified caregiver-to-patient ratios, the union said. A recent survey by NJ Advance Media found that six out of 10 nursing homes in the state do not meet the requirements of the law.
As such, workers are calling on the state health department to increase the number of inspectors, hold landlords accountable when they break the law, and freeze admissions to noncompliant facilities, said the syndicate.
“We all fought for the staffing law in New Jersey,” Pierre St. Honoré, a certified practical nurse at the rehabilitation center, said in the statement. “And we need the Department of Health to hold nursing home administrators accountable under the law.”
Patch has contacted Buckingham Care and Rehabilitation Center for comment.