Day 67 & 68 – Once again I am posting my weekend wrap up where I talk about both Saturday and Sunday all on one post. I usually do this because the weekend is a slower time on the strike line so there is not much news to post, also I need to take a break at times myself.
The strike line is still strong on the weekends, although there seem to be less striking members on the weekend. Perhaps they need to that a break themselves as well.
There was an incident that was brought to my attention, although I don’t have full official comments yet it was said that the resident in the picture below walked out of the nursing home early Saturday morning unattended and was missing until being returned back to the nursing home by his Sister. My question is how can this be? If this is the case, this is allegedly the second resident to go missing since the strike has started. I will give you more information once I receive it from either side. I am thankful that this man was returned unharmed, he was very emotional when he arrived and saw all his friends on the strike line. He was actually crying and telling the members he was lost and they told him not to worry he is safe now.
This leads me back to all the residents in the home that have been looking out the window, talking to the members on the line, blowing kisses and asking from them to come back. I personally saw a resident this Saturday telling everyone out the window that they are hungry. What is going on inside? Why doesn’t anyone have any answers for us? All we keep hearing from are people that hide behind fake poster names and don’t have any real value to their posts. I am asking now for an official comment from Helen or Jacob, what is going on inside? Are these residents safe? Is everything being done to keep them comfortable? At least give us this much information, because since this strike started it seems that the care the residents are receiving is less that what is was when the striking workers were taking care of them.
On this topic, once again this weekend we had Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel on the scene. Did another resident pass away?
The other issue still happening, especially on the weekend is that cars are parking all over the street again. Does the Captain need another reminder that cars are not supposed to be parked here? If you remember the Captain stated that there is no parking on the street for anyone. My question to the NYPD is why are they not following up and issuing summonses for these illegally parked vehicles?
Last up is a post that gathered some attention last week. It seems that some think that it is ok for 1199 members to work as a union member in other nursing homes and then come work here in Kinsgbridge as a scab. When would this ever be ok? Would it be ok because someone is struggling and needs to put food on the table? I don’t think it would ever be ok to reap the benefits of the union in one facility and then cross a picket line of the same union that is providing you these benefits.
Another note about being a scab, some think that if you work in the facility but do not belong to the union then you are not a scab. This is totally untrue. Here is a definition right from the dictionary, look it up yourself if you like.
DEFINITION OF A SCAB from MERRIAM WEBSTER Dictionary:
3 a: a contemptible person b (1): a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2): a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3): a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4): one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!