Strike Update Day 37 – (3/27/2008)

Day 37 – I can’t believe we are at day 37 and I am still here writing about this. Why is this unfair strike allowed to continue on? Can’t anyone intervene and force some mediation? This strike needs to end and a fair contract needs to be signed. Helen, why is it so hard for you to realize that this is not the answer, putting people that you have worked with for many years out on the street and hiring SCABS to replace them, for what? Even the residents of your nursing home want them back, they are always waving, throwing kisses, writing notes to the union members outside. You can see one resident below watching the picket line tonight, just moments before she was waving to everyone.

 

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Today I added some videos about the strike, you can see them by clicking here or by clicking on the Videos link on the main menu on the left side of the site. I will be adding more as they become available, just like the photos of the strike.

 

It appears that the new lights the nursing home installed weren’t installed properly, they all suddenly went off and stayed off for atleast 20 minutes. Maybe the extension cords weren’t such a good idea.

 

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At first I was concerned because the union members were left in the dark, but then I remembered they are not afraid of the dark like someone else is. As a matter of fact they kind of enjoyed the darkness.

 

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On another not so funny note, it appears that some residents of the apartment building across the street think it is ok to throw eggs down at the striking members. No matter how much noise they make it is NEVER acceptable to cause harm to another human being. Throwing things from a window or terrace is against the law and if the person is caught they will be arrested. I personally understand that the chanting can be unbearable at times but it is not a reason to resort to violence. Besides some of the chants are actually pretty funny… “Health Care Workers… Boom, Boom” & “Dig a hole, Dig a hole, Dig a hole and throw Helen in”.

 

We are planning a Candle Light Vigil on April 4th at 7:30pm, all are invited. We will have more information on the front page of this site as soon as everything is finalized.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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8 responses to “Strike Update Day 37 – (3/27/2008)”

  1. Former Employee

    Who turned the lights out? SEIU thats who. Boom,Boom.Stay strong and together everyone.

  2. FIPNA MEMBER 1

    TODAY I WISH TO SHOW MY SUPPORT FOR THE STRIKERS AT KHRCC AND LEAVE YOU WITH AN IRISH BLESSING, MAY THE RAINDROPS FALL SOFTLY ON YOUR BROW, MAY THE SOFT WINDS FRESHEN YOUR SPIRIT, MAY THE SUNSHINE BRIGHTEN YOUR HEART, MAY THE BURDENS OF THE DAY REST LIGHTLY UPON YOU, AND MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE MANTLE OF HIS LOVE.

  3. Joe Santiago

    My name is Joe Santiago and I live on giles place. I would like to say that I am sorry your strike is on for so long and hope it is over soon. I will be there for next friday.

    Joe

  4. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    I just read about the candle light vigil.I will be there with as many neighbors that I can. Keep up the good work.

  5. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT IT’S DAY 37 AND STILL NO CONTRACT…… NOT EVEN ANY NEGOTIATIONS…..THIS IS ALL VERY ABSURD…….HEY NLRB..HEY ACLU..HEY ANYBODY THAT CAN HELP TO END THIS SENSELESS STRIKE…..IT’S LIKE CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE…..MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE WORKED IN THE NURSING HOME FOR YEARS….I KNOW,…. I USED TO WORK WITH SOME 0F THEM….THEY ARE GOOD HARD WORKING PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE THE NURSING HOME A LOT OF MONEY…….IT WAS OFF THEIR BACKS AND THE SWEAT OF THEIR BROW, THAT THE PATIENTS WERE SO WELL TAKEN CARE OF…..AND YOU MADE LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY…….THEY’RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY OF THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WERE MADE….. THEY JUST WANT A FAIR AND REASONABLE CONTRACT AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS…….IT’S KIND OF IRONIC ..NO HEALTH CARE FOR THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS……PESACH IS FAST APPROACHING….WHY NOT MAKE THIS A REALLY BIG CELEBRATION??????

  6. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    TO THE IDIOTS THAT ARE THROWING THINGS OUT THE WINDOWS OR OFF TERRACES, DO YOU REALIZE YOU COULD KILL SOMEONE????HAVE YOU NO BRAINS???????I HOPE THAT YOUR STUPID MALICIOUS ATTACK WAS CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE.. YOU NEVER KNOW….THE NEXT KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR COULD BE THE POLICE COMING TO ARREST YOU….THESE PEOPLE ARE HARD WORKING PEOPLE THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS TO A FAIR CONTRACT AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS…THEY DON’T WANT TO BE ON THE PICKET LINE , ANY MORE THAN YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE…..YOU SHOULD VENT YOUR ANGER IN A POSITIVE WAY AT THE NURSING HOME, WHO HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING TO TRY AND END THIS STRIKE FOR 37 DAYS……….

  7. A good Jewish Woman

    A large part of Jewish law is about the relationship between man and his neighbors. The same body of Jewish law that commands us to eat only kosher food, not to turn on lights on Shabbat, and not to wear wool woven with linen, also commands us to love both Jews and strangers, to give tzedakah (charity) to the poor and needy, and not to wrong anyone in speech or in business. In fact, acts of loving kindness are so much a part of Jewish law that the word “mitzvah” (literally, “commandment”) is informally used to mean any good deed.

    http://www.jewfaq.org/brother.htm

  8. ALICE McDONNELL

    I LEAVE YOU WITH A QUOTE…. WITHOUT A RICH HEART, WEALTH IS AN UGLY BEGGAR. .RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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