“This is really a scary thing, you know – people have children they have to return to,” said Whitfield, who lives with her husband and cousin. “If you have been exposed, employees must be able to let their employees quarantine themselves. To be able to stop the spread of this pandemic. “
On Wednesday, Mondaine and Whitfield joined representatives from the state health care union to demand that Missouri nursing homes provide paid leave to employees forced to quarantine. They also said employees need to pay for danger, more masks and protective equipment and greater access to testing.
Some nursing homes in the area of St. Louis has refused to provide this protection, and has not clearly communicated the COVID-19 case to their employees, said Lenny Jones, director and vice president of SEIU Healthcare Missouri, who represents about 4,000 health care workers. It is part of the International Services Workers Union, the second largest union behind the National Education Association.
“Our members do everything they can to protect themselves and their inhabitants from viruses, but they don’t get the support they need from the owner of this nursing home,” Jones said. “Our workers are asked to look after themselves on the front lines and that cannot be continued.”
Although the federal CARES Act, passed in response to a pandemic, gives some employees up to 10 sick days paid and up to 10 weeks of paid medical leave, this law allows health care providers to free themselves.
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