Strike Update Day 67 & 68 – (4/26/2008 – 4/27/2008)

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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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?

 

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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!

 

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12 responses to “Strike Update Day 67 & 68 – (4/26/2008 – 4/27/2008)”

  1. Karen

    Hey, Phil . . . good quote . . . so that means that all those non-union workers who worked in the past (even before the strike) and who continue now to work at this closed shop for less than union wages or benefits are scabs. Some have been scabs for a long time . . . hmmmm . . .

  2. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    THE ABOVE DEFINITION SAYS IT ALL……….THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO CLARIFY……SO NOW LET’S HEAR FROM HELEN…..COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE………..

  3. Rosa Martinez

    Now they’re letting patients walk out the door, on a walker and nobody stops him.What the heck are all those goons that are just hanging around doing?and this is not the first time? what’s going on here ? how many people have died since this strike began? they’re either dying or escaping out the front door.it seems like the only ones that want to be in there are the scab workers and helen.has anyone found out anymore about that worker that died?does anyone know what she died from?does the community have to be worried or just the people that worked with her?

  4. Karen

    Maybe she is getting ready to go to the meeting with the NYS Department of Labor ERB and the State Department of Health for tomorrow?

  5. Former Employee

    Hey man get a bandaid for that scab looks like mr. phil drew blood!

  6. NAKIBA

    I DO NOT KNOW WHY I AM CALLED NAMES BC I STILL WILL COME TO WORK AS I NEED MONEY. ALSO I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE DONT LIKE SIEGER. SHE IS A VERY NICE LADY, I GET MY SALARY AND HEALTH BENEFITS. WHAT CAN BE BETTER? I READ WHAT PEOPLE WRITE ON THIS WEBSITE. THE RESIDENTS LIKE ME BETTER THAN THE OLD WORKERS. MANY DO NOT REMEMBER ANY OF YOU ANYMORE. ALSO,, THE RESIDENTS TELL ME AND MY BOSS TELLS ME I WORK BETTER THAN THE REST OF YOU. JUST GIVE IT UP AND FIND NEW JOBS BC I HAVE URS NOW. THANKS FOR MY PAYCKECK ALL OF YA’LL.

  7. Former Employee

    hey dude I thought you retired——-I think you so addicted you just can’t stop—-go away-nakiba my butt.

  8. A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? HAVE THEY NO PRIDE? JUST REMEMBER ONE THING, GOD IS WATCHING AND WRITING THIS ALL DOWN IN THE BOOK OF GOOD AND EVIL.

  9. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    Do you really think Helen Sieger is going to give us any answers?She doesn’t have any of the answers, or at least not the ones we want to hear.She says it’s all the union’s fault, but how can that be?They go to every meeting and she never shows up.In her letter she conceded to everything and then uses excuse of not liking the choice of arbitrator.What is this whole thing about?Why doesn’t a committee of community residents go in and ask her? I’m sure you’d get a whole bunch of volunteers.

  10. A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN

    AN EXCERPT FROM POPE BENEDICT XVI’s FIRST ENCYCLICAL..‘LOVE OF NEIGHBOR,GROUNDED IN THE LOVE OF GOD, IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A RESPONSIBILITY FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF THE FAITHFUL…AS A COMMUNITY, THE CHURCH MUST PRACTICE LOVE.” “THE CHURCH IS GOD’S FAMILY IN THE WORLD. IN THIS FAMILY NO ONE OUGHT TO GO WITHOUT THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE.” “WE CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER WORLD ONLY BY PERSONALLY DOING GOOD NOW, WITH FULL COMMITMENT AND WHEREVER WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY.”

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