Day 64 – I usually try to post daily about the events of the day and to keep a daily log of what is going on in the neighborhood and the ongoing strike, today however there is not much to post about except the usual. I am sure you are tried of hearing the weather is nice and the strike line is well manned. I think we all know that the strike line is going to be well manned and is going to stay 24 hours a day everyday until this strike is resolved. The union is not just going to go away even though that is what Helen would like to happen.
So today I figured I would post a bit about the meetings that were supposed to take place and also what both sides have said in the past about the strike.
First lets start with a score card of the meetings and who was available and who attended:
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Now lets see what both parties have said about the negotiations and what the differences are:
First up is the nursing homes letter to the workers stating that they have conceded on all issues except for the arbitrator. You can read the letter here: KHRCC Letter to Workers (PDF – Requires Acrobat Reader)
The a letter from 1199 to the nursing home just after the strike started that includes a memorandum of agreement to adopt the June 2004 industry standard contract which would extend through 2011. You can read the letter here: 1199 Letter to KHRCC (PDF – Requires Acrobat Reader)
If both parties were willing to agree on everything before the strike, why is it day 64 and nothing has been resolved? Why is it that Helen is allowed to not show up to meetings that could resolve this strike and not face any consequences?
After seeing the above, what are your thoughts on this matter?
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!