Day 57 – Today started out with the nursing home working on their lights again.
If you remember about a month ago I reported here that they did not wire the lights properly, they used extension cords to connect the lights to the building.
Of course the buildings department agreed that it was wired improperly and made the nursing home correct the error. So this is the way it was supposed to be wired from the start, not extension cords but flexible conduit.
It was mentioned in a post earlier this week that the van the nursing home uses is used to transport residents, does this look like a resident to you?
We had some good news and some bad news today, First the bad news: there are no ongoing negotiations; the strike continues; 1199 workers have no health care — and no job; the home’s residents lives have been turned up side down; the neighborhood, although manageable, is still in disarray – garbage in front of the KHRCC Giles Place home and the KHRCC vacant lot.
In the final analysis, the shame is that there were two scheduled meetings to compel negotiations which could have solved this 57 day strike, but didn’t.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal labor monitor, had scheduled a meeting to try and settle the differences. We understand that this was supposed to be held today in the late morning. It was not. We will try to find out why sometime tomorrow.
Then the letter posted yesterday invited both parties to meet at the New York State Department of Labor Office of Employment Relations Board (NYSDOL ERB). The Commissioner required both sides to appear one of two dates this week. Something must have happened, as they are trying to get the meeting for sometime next week. (NYS Employment Relations Board Letter)
We hope these two meetings can be set up very soon, but we are not stopping at that. We hope that our state and federal regulators can intervene and put an end to this unfair strike.
Now the good news: All the New York State Legislators from the Bronx – that is, all of the Senators and Assembly Members – signed a letter to the State Health Commissioner urgently asking for action. This is an incredible letter and you can see it here (NYS BX Legislator to DOH Letter) to get the idea.
Last week, we (FIPNA) sent a letter (Letter to NYSDOH) to the Health Department and today we received a response. Our request for information is being processed within 20 days (NYS DOH Foil Request – Received 04/11/08). We are anxious to get the information ASAP. We hope that the information provides assurances that someone is monitoring the nursing home.
Now back to the street, this evening officer Vanputten was back, why does the 50th insist on sending this officer here. He doesn’t know how to deal with people in a respectable manner and he seems to selectively choose people to harass. Here you can see the union delegate parked against the curb for no more than a few minutes, he is still in the car just talking to another member and dropping off some supplies. What does the officer do, of course he tells the van to move or he is going to write a summons.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!