Strike Update Day 62 – (4/21/2008)

Day 62 – The weather was cooperating again today and is supposed to be nice most of the week. It must make it easier to maintain the strike line when it is not raining or snowing on the members.

 

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It seems that there is still selective parking today. Even though the signs have been posted and barricades are setup this “doctor on call” (as the piece of paper in the windshield states) thinks it is ok to disregard the rules and park where ever he wants. No tickets were issued before the car was moved even though it was parked in the no parking zone as well as in a curb cut for pedestrians and parked angled away from the curb. That would appear to be 3 tickets that could have been written but of course not one was.

 

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The nursing home was at it again today, playing with their lights on the front of the building. Why is it necessary for them to adjust the lights so they face out toward the street instead of more than the sidewalk? The lights should be installed so they light up the sidewalk below them, but the nursing home insists on facing them toward the street. Are they trying to shed more light on the pen where the strikers stand? If so why? Are they trying to light up the strikers activities so they can record them? If so doesn’t that break the NLRB ruling which states that the nursing home is NOT allowed to do any video surveillance of any union activity including strike related activities?

 

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This afternoon I spoke with a family member of a resident in the nursing home, he was very dismayed at the way the nursing home is operating. He said if he had to rate the quality it would be barely average, the floors are sticky and could use a good cleaning, there is not enough staff to take care of residents. The staff that is there are constantly changing with different faces every week. A lot of residents are sitting around the nurses station because there is not enough staff to supervise the residents and allow them to sit in the day rooms.

 

He said that he feels bad for any residents that don’t have family visiting, there is nobody there to interact with them like what normally would happen. If he didn’t visit everyday he would be very concerned with the quality of care that his family member is receiving.

 

On a sad note today, I was notified by the union that a CNA that worked in the nursing home passed away after being admitted to the hospital.

 

Dorkal Thenzin

 

Dorkal Thenzin has worked for the nursing home for the last 2 years as an on call CNA. She stayed working while the union members went on strike because she was never afforded the opportunity to join the union for whatever reason. This young woman had never called in sick up until about a week ago, she was feeling very ill and went to the hospital. She was admitted to the hospital and has since passed away. According to the union she passed away because of liver failure, could this have been prevented if she was afforded health care benefits? We will never know now but it is a shame that this young woman is now gone and the union is still on strike (day 62) for health care benefits.

 

My question is did this woman have a previous illness that went undetected because she didn’t see the doctor for lack of health care benefits? Or is this something she caught and is communicable? I hope these questions have been addressed as this affects the public as well as anyone in contact with these workers.

 

I would like to give my condolences to the family of Dorkal Thenzin.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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11 responses to “Strike Update Day 62 – (4/21/2008)”

  1. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT


    A POEM IN MEMORY OF DORKAL THENZIN….’

     

    GOD LOOKED AROUND HIS GARDEN
    HE FOUND AN EMPTY PLACE
    HE THEN LOOKED DOWN UPON THE EARTH AND SAW YOUR TIRED FACE
    THEN HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND YOU AND HE LIFTED YOU TO REST
    GOD’S GARDEN MUST BE BEAUTIFUL
    AS HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST
    HE KNEW THAT YOU WERE SUFFERING
    HE KNEW YOU WERE IN PAIN
    HE KNEW YOU COULD NEVER GET WELL ON EARTH AGAIN
    IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY
    AND HEARTACHES MAKE A LANE
    WE’D ALL WALK A PATH TO HEAVEN
    AND BRING YOU HOME AGAIN.

     

    MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

     

  2. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    Lord God, to your mercy we owe our forgiveness and salvation. Grant that your servant Dorkal Thenzin, who has departed from this life, may be admitted into everlasting happiness through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints.May she rest in peace. Amen.

  3. mike polinski

    even though she was not a union people I am sad for her. she so young to be gone. rest in peace. today they start again throwing eggs from the windows at our cars.

  4. Matt

    As a security consultant, who grew up in Marble Hill many years ago. I am familiar with cameras and lights. It seems entirely likely that these cameras are color and need a great deal of light to see well at night. My educated guess is that these lights were moved to enhance night viewing and resolution.

  5. Rosa Martinez

    My God first all those twenty something residents died since the strike began and now the people that were taking care of them are dying?What is going on here?What did this woman have that killed her so fast?Has the Department of Health been put on notice?Is the community in danger? Did she have something contagious?Who can answer these questions?Who do we have to call? Where is this broad that’s supposed to be running the place?I want some answers and I want them now.

  6. Former Employee

    You can bet your butt that they’re watching and filming everything thats goin on. Thats the way they operate,they don’t care about no stinkin NLRB ruling.they do whatever they want.When is somebody gonna stop this you know what?

  7. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    Does anyone know how old this woman was? She looks so young? What could she possibly have died from so suddenly?Was she working in the nursing home, caring for the residents, right before she died? I don’t think I’ll be going to visit my friend in the nursing home any time soon.Has anyone been quarantined yet?Does anyone know if she had a communicable disease? Has the Department of Health been notified? This is a little scary, especially since there were questions raised a while ago, about whether the replacement workers and others were properly vetted.

  8. Karen

    Let us be cautious, but wait for these things to be verified.

  9. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I THOUGHT THE ‘ NO PARKING ‘ ISSUE WAS RESOLVED……I GUESS NOT…..WHY IS SOMEONE WHO PUTS A PIECE OF PAPER WITH DOCTOR ON CALL SCRIBBLED ON IT BEING ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE STREET, IN A CLEARLY POSTED ‘NO PARKING ZONE’????? WHAT IS UP WITH THIS NONSENSE. THE OTHER DAY IT WAS A YOUNG GUY,CLEARLY NOT HANDICAPPED.WITH A HANDICAPPED PLACARD IN HIS WINDSHIELD…..WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??????? DOES NO ONE OBEY THE LAW ANY MORE????????? WHY WEREN’T SUMMONSES ISSUED?????ARE THERE NOT POLICE OFFICERS POSTED AT THIS SITE 24/7 ??????????COME ON NOW…THE LAW FOR ONE IS THE LAW FOR ALL,DO YOUR JOB AND MAKE SURE THE NO PARKING STRIKE ZONE RULE IS ENFORCED………ENOUGH WITH THE SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT ALREADY…….

  10. you see me every day

    what about the union bus? and the union van parkin on the street??? they could stand there but the doctor’s cant’?? what’s that?? If you want the doctor’s driving around and looking for a parking and walk from sedgwick or giles to see their patients why can’t the union park their bus and van on sedgwick or giles and walk back and forth to the bus?

  11. Phil

    First there is parking afforded to the doctors on call in the front parking lot of the nursing home. If there is no parking available then perhaps the scabs should park on Sedgwick and walk.

     

    The union bus is permitted to stay because that is where the police put them. Originally they had their bus parked on the sidewalk across from the nursing home but were told to move to the street. The law allows striking unions to have a mobile office on site to allow the strikers a place of respite off the line.

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