Brius workers demand contracts

Workers at two Brius-controlled nursing homes in Marin County traveled to Oakland Wednesday to surprise their bosses with new contract proposals that include raises and increased staffing to improve patient care.

The workers at the San Rafael Healthcare and Wellness Center and the Novato Health Center are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers. San Rafael workers have gone over three years without a contract. Novato workers are seeking their first contract after 18 months of Brius stonewalling. Janitors and housekeepers at the facility make less than $11.30/hour.

With Brius CEO Shlomo Rechnitz far away in Los Angeles, the workers paid an unexpected visit to the Oakland office of Rockport Healthcare Services, which manages the homes.

Members handed their proposals to Wesley Rogers, a Rockport executive.

Then they rallied outside:

Here is a quick video of the action: