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.
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.
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?
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 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!