PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of a local health care union voted overwhelmingly to strike. Earlier Friday, members of District 1199C gathered outside the St. Monica’s Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare facility in South Philadelphia.
They voted to send a 10-day strike notice to the owners of Saint Monica.
In a statement, the union said it is seeking enhanced safety protections, as well as better working conditions and higher raises.
“PPE has been a big struggle there so we even had to step up and provide some PPE to make sure that our members are protected. They’ve had about 19 residents die since the outbreak and over 20 of our members have tested positive for COVID,” said District 1199C President Chris Woods.
CBS3 has reached out to the Catholic Health Group that owns the facility but has not heard back.
The union says workers could walk off the job as early as May 4.