Communications Administrator, SEA/SEIU Local 1984
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
Andrew Yang stands in solidarity with Rockingham County workers organizing union
BRENTWOOD, NH – Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang joined workers from Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center this afternoon in support of their efforts to form a union.
Workers at the county nursing home are set to vote next week on whether to organize a union with SEA/SEIU Local 1984.
“I’m ecstatic that Andrew Yang joined us today to draw attention to these workers’ efforts to organize,” said Rich Gulla, president of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “These workers approached the SEA when their efforts to improve their working conditions, wages and benefits were met with resistance from county officials. These workers need a seat at the table, and a union gives them that.”
“We need to make it easier for workers to come together, organize and negotiate for fair treatment and better rights because we know in today’s economy, the corporate incentives all go straight to the bottom line,” Yang said, addressing a group of employees who’ve led the organizing effort.
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents thousands of workers across the state, including the staff of the nursing homes in Belknap and Strafford counties, as well as the state’s Veterans’ Home and Glencliff Home for the Elderly.
“Unions are the backbone for working families and they’re the best tool for working people to lift themselves up and improve their working conditions,” Gulla said.
“We thank Andrew Yang for lifting up these workers’ voices.”