Golden Living and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Highlight Pathway to $15 an Hour Wage Agreement

Healthcare Union and Provider Among the First to Agree to $15 in
Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Just weeks after reaching a landmark new collective bargaining agreement
that will give a pathway for wages for most certified nursing assistants
to $15 an hour and improve the quality of care for seniors, Golden
Living – one of the largest long term living providers in Pennsylvania –
and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – the state’s largest union of nurses
and healthcare workers – have reaffirmed their commitment to healthcare
workers in Pennsylvania and announced a renewed focus on expanding their
ongoing partnership to enhance the quality of care for residents and
patients.

At a joint press conference held at the union’s headquarters, company
and union officials highlighted the new contract – which was ratified by
union members in meetings held across the state over the last two weeks
– as a major step forward toward reducing direct care worker turnover,
improving care, and boosting Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Having a successful labor management relationship serves as a strong
foundation for our mission to provide quality care for our patients and
residents,” said Golden LivingCenters President Julianne Williams. “We
value the role the SEIU plays for our caregivers and look forward to
strengthening that bond as we jointly do what is best for them.”

Golden Living cares for over 34,000 patients and residents a year in
Pennsylvania and operates 36 LivingCenters. Golden Living employs 5,314
healthcare professionals in the state of Pennsylvania.

“The new collective bargaining agreement achieved by Golden Living and
union members is a historic step forward that will lift thousands of
caregivers out of poverty and improve care for seniors in communities
across Pennsylvania,” said SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania President Neal
Bisno. “We applaud Golden Living for becoming one of the first long term
living providers in the state to agree to a pathway to lift wages to $15
an hour.”

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania unites 25,000 nurses and healthcare workers
across Pennsylvania, including nurses, direct care workers and support
staff at the majority of Golden LivingCenters in the state.

“Golden Living stands committed to the goal of constant quality
improvement,” said Golden Living Chief Executive Officer Dr. Neil Kurtz.
“Our caregivers represent the front lines of our mission to care for our
patients and residents, and we are proud to invest in them.”

“I’m excited about our new union contract that gives us a pathway to
earn $15 an hour. Not only will it help me pay my bills, I believe it
will also positively affect our residents. If we as caregivers can rest
a bit easier financially, we will be less stressed and can be more
focused on providing great care,” said Brennan Mills, certified nursing
assistant from Golden LivingCenter – West Shore. “I am happy that Golden
Living wants to continue working with us to build on our success.”

Together, the organizations also emphasize the importance of providing
adequate resources to fund healthcare for Pennsylvania taxpayers. Both
organizations call upon the legislature to provide reimbursement under
the Medicaid program to support caregiver wages and other costs.

“We share a common commitment to ensuring that long term living funding
reflects the true cost of providing quality care and that providers and
workers who deliver vital long term living services to Pennsylvania’s
seniors receive adequate funding,” said Bisno and Kurtz in a joint
statement.

About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com)

Golden Living is a family of companies that specialize in recovery care
and is a national leader in providing skilled nursing and post-acute
care. Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life
through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community
at a time. We help people recover their health and improve their quality
of life through a network of healthcare services including rehab,
assisted living, skilled nursing care, hospice, and palliative care. The
Golden Living family of companies includes Golden LivingCenters, Aegis
Therapies, AseraCare, and 360 Healthcare Staffing. There are 294 Golden
LivingCenters in 21 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living
services at 12 locations. In addition, the Golden Living companies
provide services to more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals, and other
healthcare organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has just under
40,000 employees who provide quality healthcare to more than 60,000
patients every day.

About SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania (www.seiuhcpa.org)

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is the state’s largest and fastest growing
union of health care workers, representing 25,000 nurses, technicians,
nursing assistants, and support staff in hospitals, nursing homes and
public institutions across the Commonwealth. SEIU Healthcare
Pennsylvania is committed to improving the lives of health care workers
and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians.

Contacts

Golden Living
Michelle Metzger, 972-362-6312
Michelle.Metzger@goldenliving.com
or
SEIU
Healthcare Pennsylvania
Amelia Abromaitis, 215-219-4248
Amelia.Abromaitis@seiuhcpa.org