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September 20, 2013

Orchard Manor employees vote to unionize


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Then, echoing Penna’s remark about solidarity, Frasier added, “We’re all family and when one of us hurts, we all hurt.”

Moving forward, Penna said the Orchard Manor staff, including LPNs, CNAs, and kitchen and maintenance staff, should all feel a bit more secure once a contract is negotiated. However, she noted that there will likely still be residual stress to deal with since, she said, “The administration didn’t want this.”

Carpenter said she hopes the administration works with the staff to get to know and respect the home’s residents better. She said, “It will take some time to sort everything out, but we’ll get back to where we were.”

In the days leading up to the union vote, public support on the employees’ Facebook page increased, with a number of encouraging comments. Penna said that support galvanized the workers.

“Knowing there were people in the community who supported us and understood what we were trying to do gave us hope,” Penna said.

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