Day 30 – I looked out my window and low and behold the generators were leaving. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
I was so excited, after 30 days of dealing with the noise and light that these generators have made they are finally leaving! Well my excitement was a bit premature as only 3 out of 5 generators left. I thought maybe there was another truck coming back to get the last 2 but it didn’t happen. As of 3pm the 2 generators were still here and they were actually moved into position to use tonight.
I spoke to DEP about this and they told me that they had been here last night and issued violations for the generators once again. I was told to call them back tonight if the generators were back on so they could once again come up and issue a violation. As of 11PM I am happy to say the nursing home have not turned on the 2 generators that are left. Hopefully the generators will get picked up tomorrow and we can be done with this nuisance once and for all. I am still not happy that it took 30 days to get a good quite nights sleep.
Tonight the Union called a town hall meeting to speak to the community as well as local elected officials. There was a nice turn out of representatives from the union as well as elected officials. Many things were discussed and hopefully everyone in attendance can start the ball rolling to get pressure put on Ms. Sieger to start negotiating.
One thing that was mentioned is that this is not just a union or labor fight it is a human rights fight. This strike is affecting everyone not just the workers. It was stated tonight by a union representative that since the strike began 30 days ago there have been 20 residents of the nursing home that have died. Twenty in 30 days! That seems to be a very high number and if this is proven, it needs to be investigated thoroughly. These are not just people in a nursing home, they are our friends, family and neighbors. They are not just a number or statistic. Where are the regulatory officials? Are they looking into this?
The union also presented 1500 signatures from local neighbors stating that they support the workers in their fight for a fair contract. There was a family member that stated she removed her relative from the nursing home after finding out the relative was left in a hallway for several hours waiting for rehab, this same person developed bronchitis because of being left in a cold hallway. Another stated that their relative will be turning 100 shortly and would like to have a party with the people that care for her, this is not possible because they are outside on a picket line. 100 years old only happens once!
This strike needs to end and Helen Sieger needs to make it happen. When you think of elderly people in a nursing home you should be thinking of people that feel safe and secure in their environment. This is not the case at all, even for the mere fact that they don’t know who all these new people are taking care of them. It is a big change to go from people you know that have been taking care of you to totally new strangers.
Wouldn’t it be nice if a contract was signed just before Easter? What do you say Helen? Do the right thing, you know you really want to, after all when your end is near money is not going to mean anything. You have made millions in profit, not off your back but off the backs of your workers! It is only fair that you give them a decent salary and health care.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!