Picketing nurses seek higher wages, lower healthcare costs

WEST READING, Pa. - Healthcare workers are picketing in West Reading.

Members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania gathered outside Spruce Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation on South Fourth Avenue on Friday to call on its new owners to raise wages and cut down on employees' healthcare costs.

"As a single mom, I need affordable health insurance, which it was under our old employer (Oak Health LLC), but when Saber [Healthcare Group] came in, they made our healthcare so pricey, I had to immediately put my kids on CHIP. I've never been on public assistance in my life," said Lacey Bellows, a certified nursing assistant. "Saber needs to provide affordable healthcare so we can take care of our residents without worrying how we are going to pay our bills."

We reached out to Ohio-based Saber Healthcare Group, the facility's owner, for its reaction to the picketing. The company told us it had "no comment."

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