Strike Update Day 34 – (3/24/2008)

Day 34 – Still standing strong!

 

The day started out with me finding out that someone tried to steal the plastic Easter eggs in front of my house. Who did I find this out from? Not the police that are sitting outside but one of the striking workers. They saw some guy take all the plastic eggs put them in a bag and walk away. One of the striking members told the guy to put all the eggs back. Why would someone want to steal plastic eggs? They each had 3 pennies inside to weigh them down, but I mean how much money could there have been in all? Why didn’t the PD see this and a striking member did?

 

Easter Eggs
You can see the eggs on the left above.

 

Security guards hired by the nursing home are video taping the striking members even though the union won an NLRB ruling that specifically states that the nursing home cannot video tape any strike or union activity.

 

The nursing home thinks it is ok to block public access to the sidewalk in front of it by placing police barricades across th entire sidewalk. If I want to mail a letter I have to walk into the street to get to the United States Post Office Box.

 

Barricade across sidewalk

 

Thanks to the nursing home we had to listen to the generators all weekend, even though it was Easter weekend. DEP told me they were here on Saturday evening and issued a violation. They did nothing on Friday or Sunday, nor are they doing anything tonight. Yes the generators are running tonight! DEP told me that they will not be here tonight because the spoke to the nursing home and were assured that tonight would be the last night of the generators. They need to finish wiring the fixtures to their building and couldn’t get them done in time.

 

How is this our problem? Why do we have to suffer with this noise because they can’t get their lights wired in time? Maybe they should hire qualified electricians to do the work and it would be done in time. So basically since they can’t get their wiring done they are allowed by the DEP to continue to break the law. So a city agency is enabling the nursing home to break the law and not issue a violation. We have been through this for over a month now and DEP has given them plenty of options and time, enough is enough already shut the generators down once and for all.

 

As for the lights on the nursing home building, last night there were 3 working. Tonight there are only 2 working lights, I guess the guys don’t quite know what they are doing huh?

 

Wiring Lights

 

Also why is this truck parked here all day? Funny how the car moved when the community affairs officer came up. If there are no signs on the street that say no parking why can’t we park? If we park what will happen? A ticket? I don’t think so as there are no signs posted! Maybe tomorrow there will be some posted, we shall see.

 

Lights on
The 2 lights that are working and the generators as well. Hmmm, another car parked on the street.

 

Generators
Side shot of generators and building lights all working together.

 

Once again my question is this, why does the nursing home need so much light? The striking members are health care workers not hardened criminals. Could it be that they need the light to record all the cameras they have around the outside of the building? If so doesn’t that violate the terms of NLRB ruling I mentioned earlier, seems like it could to me.

 

NLRB – ORDER
The Respondent, Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation and
Care Center, its officers, agents, successors, and assigns, shall
1. Cease and desist from
(a) Engaging in surveillance of its employees union activities
with video cameras, without proper justification.
(b) Threatening to delay the reinstatement of employees if
they engage in a strike and make an unconditional offer to return
to work.
(c) In any like or related manner interfere with, restrain, or
coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed by
Section 7 of the Act.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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6 responses to “Strike Update Day 34 – (3/24/2008)”

  1. Karen Argenti

    Why is the government allowing so much light pollution?

  2. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I CANNOT BELIEVE, THAT WITH ALL THE POLICE PRESENCE POSTED ON CANNON PLACE, NOT ONE OF THEM SAW THIS MAN GO OVER AND STEAL YOUR PLASTIC EASTER EGGS. HMMM….MAYBE THEY ARE NOW HAVING SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT FOR PETTY THEFT.. MAYBE BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIPNA PRESIDENT’S HOUSE????? HAVE THEY BRANDED HIM AS A TROUBLEMAKER AND HAVE DECIDED TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY????????AND AGAIN WITH THE SELECTIVE PARKING ENFORCEMENT?????? WHY ARE CARS CONTINUALLY ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE STREET??????? THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT GOING ON WHEN IT COMES TO THE STRIKERS AND THE HOMEOWNERS……. ANOTHER THING I NOTICED, WAS THE USE OF NYPD BARRICADES BY THE SCABS WORKING FOR THE NURSING HOME. THEY USED THEM TO BLOCK OFF A CITY OWNED SIDEWALK.WHAT’S UP WITH THAT??????? HOW MANY SCABS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT????? APPARENTLY, QUITE A FEW..SOME ON THE ROOF..SOME ON THE LADDER..AND A WHOLE BUNCH ON THE GROUND….AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN IT RIGHT!!!!!! THAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING OF ALL!!!!!!! NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT TO DO. MAYBE IF SOME OF THAT PROFIT THAT WAS MADE, ON HER STRIKING EMPLOYEES BACKS, WAS SPENT ON A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN THE LIGHTS WOULD HAVE BEEN UP AND WORKING ALREADY!! ACTUALLY, I’M WONDERING WHAT ALL THESE LIGHTS ARE FOR????? ARE THEY FOR THE CAMERAS SO THAT THE STRIKING WORKERS CAN BE VIDEOTAPED????? EVEN THOUGH IT’S AGAINST THE LAW?????? IT SEEMS THAT THIS NURSING HOME DOES WHATEVER THEY WANT AND THAT THE LAWS DON’T APPLY TO THEM.. AND THE WAY A LOT OF THE CITY AGENCIES ARE ENABLING THE NURSING HOME…..IT LEAVES ONE TO WONDER WHY?????

  3. FIPNA MEMBER 1

    TODAY I CHOOSE TO LEAVE A FEW QUOTES AS WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ON THE STRIKE LINE.

     

    1] ‘INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.’ MARTIN LUTHER KING.JR.
    2]“WE CANNOT BE SEPARATED IN INTEREST OR DIVIDED IN PURPOSE, WE STAND TOGETHER UNTIL THE END.’ PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON
    3]“OUR REAL PROBLEMIS NOT OUR STRENGTH TODAY, IT IS RATHER THE VITAL NECESSITY OF ACTION TODAY,TO ENSURE OUR STRENGTH TOMORROW’ PRESIDENT DWIGHT D.EISENHOWER
    4]” IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH’ AESOP
    5] ‘THE THING THAT LIES AT THE FOUNDATION OF POSITIVE CHANGE, IS SERVICE TO A FELLOW HUMAN BEING’ LECH WALESA, SOLIDARITY POLAND
    6] “I AM NOT INTERESTED IN POLITICS. I AM A UNION MAN’ LECH WALESA,SOLIDARNOSC.
    7] A PART OF THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF LECH WALESA UPON HIS RECEIVING THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE IN 1983:

     

    WE DESIRE PEACE AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE NEVER RESORTED TO PHYSICAL FORCE.WE CRAVE FOR JUSTICE AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE SO PERSISTENT IN THIS STRUGGLE FOR OUR RIGHTS.WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT OF THE WORKING PEOPLE TO ASSOCIATION AND FOR THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LABOR.WE RESPECT THE DINITY AND THE RIGHTS OF EVERY MAN AND EVERY NATION. THE PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE OF THE WORLD LEADS THROUGH HONEST RECONCILIATION OF THE CONFLICTING INTERESTS AND NOT THROUGH HATRED OR BLOODSHED. TO FOLLOW THAT PATH MEANS TO ENHANCE THE MORAL POWER OF THE ALL-EMBRACING IDEA OF HUMAN SOLIDARITY.

     

    STAND STRONG ALL OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

  4. Rosa Martinez

    I need sunglasses 24 hours a day to walk down my own block. When is this nightmare on Cannon place going to end?

  5. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    Hey ,I’ve got a quote for the owner of the nursing home- it’s from Martin Luther King Jr. “I learned that it is the weak who are cruel and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong” Amen to that.

  6. zoki

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