UM Village Workers Protest

Lawrenceville, IL - Employees at a local facility for seniors are protesting its president and CEO.

Workers at United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, Illinois, say their paychecks have been bouncing and say they're not receiving the health care they've paid for.

Now, they want the president and CEO, Paula McKnight, to be removed.

Workers say things have gotten so bad that families are removing their loved ones from the campuses.

"It really breaks our heart. I mean, there's been a lot of tears shed. It's really sad. I've been taking care of these people and been with them for four years and they're going to new homes, and they're scared," says Lexi Gaither.

Workers gave WTWO News a copy of a statement they say they received from the United Methodist Village Board.

It says:

"The UM Village Board has developed a plan of reorganization to move forward.

It will not affect the care of our current residents.

We have taken steps to insure the future financial sustainability of the Village is intact."

Workers say that's too vague.

WTWO News reached out to Paula McKnight and did hear back late Wednesday afternoon by e-mail. She directed us to contact UM Village's attorney Nick Lynn. WTWO News has left him a message, but have not yet heard back.

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