Strike Update Day 79 – (5/8/2008)

Day 79 – The day began like the ones before it, chanting could be heard up and down the block. The usual chants like “Helen Sieger has to go”, “What do we want? Contract!” and my favorite “Where is Helen? Hiding in the Kitchen.” You would think after 79 days that I would be tired of hearing the chants, but it is just the opposite, if the street is quiet I am wondering what is going on. I guess you could say the chants are kind of addicting, I find myself singing them at the weirdest times.

 

The striking members had a Bridal Shower for one of the members that will be getting married in Jamaica. The party was on the strike line in the pen, but was still a wonderful time for all who attended.

 

We are still trying to find more information on the woman that died while working for the nursing home. It is strange that nobody can give us any information about her except that she has a room-mate that nobody can seem to reach. Why isn’t anyone else concerned about this? Could she have been an undocumented person that was living and working here in New York? We are still trying to get more information and when we do we will let you know.

 

We attended the community council meeting tonight at the 50th precinct just to see what else is going on in the neighborhood and also to confirm to Captain D’Adamo that we are happy with the way he has turned around the way the community has been treated by his command. While at the meeting an item of interest for our neighborhood was brought to our attention, please see our community residential burglary alert for more information.

 

Usually I have a bunch of photos to go along with my post, but for the last couple of days I have been very busy and was not able to devote the time needed to take all the usual photos. Never fear more photos will be coming soon.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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7 responses to “Strike Update Day 79 – (5/8/2008)”

  1. Rosa Martinez

    I too find myself singing the chants. My favorite one is “dig a hole, dig a hole, dig a hole and throw Helen in” but then again hasn’t she dug her own hole?

  2. Karen

    Did you see the article in the Riverdale Press? It was just great. Check it out in our press section. Here is the updated list of attendees. Thank you to all the elected officials who came to support our neighbors in their fight!

     

    Bolded is the part we missed from all the excitement on Saturday. From the May 8, 2008 issue of the Riverdale Press “Politicians join rally to support striking nursing home workers,” By N. Clark Judd(thanks Nick Judd):

     

    “A veritable Who’s Who of big political players in the state, the city and the Bronx – including Rep. Anthony Weiner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilman Bill de Blasio, Councilwomen Annabel Palma and Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblymen Jeffrey Dinowitz, Jose Rivera and Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblywomen Naomi Rivera and Aurelia Greene, and state Senators Eric Schneiderman and Efrain Gonz├ílez Jr. – also spoke, attended the rally or marched with the workers. City Councilman Oliver Koppell sent his counsel, Jamin Sewell, who used to work for 1199 SEIU.”

  3. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    IT IS BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION THAT THIS STRIKE HAS REACHED DAY 79 AND THERE ARE NO NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON………….FOR A LONG TIME I HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHAT IS TRULY GOING ON HERE………….. THE CONCLUSION I HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE IS, COULD IT BE THE DEMOGRAPHIC MAKEUP OF BOTH THE RESIDENTS AND THE STRIKING EMPLOYEES OF KHRCC????????? IS THIS WHY THERE HAS BEEN NO HUGE OUTCRY BY THE”POWERS THAT BE”??????????NO INVESTIGATIONS BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH????? NO FEDERALLY MANDATED NEGOTIATIONS????????NO REAL INTEREST OR COVERAGE BY THE MEDIA???????? I WOULD BE REMISS IF I CONTINUED TO IGNORE THIS POSSIBILITY…….”IT’S TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR FELLOW MAN”………….

  4. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    CAPTAIN D’ADAMO, I AM HAPPY TO SAY ‘GOOD JOB’ THE RALLY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS, VERY WELL ORGANIZED AND ORDERLY, AS WE KNEW IT WOULD BE…… I THINK YOU FINALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE COMMUNITY AND THE STRIKING WORKERS ARE NOT YOUR ADVERSARIES……..WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ABOVE THE LAW……WE JUST WANT THINGS DONE ACCORDINGLY…….WE DO NOT WANT OR EXPECT PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT, AS DO SOME, WE JUST WANT THE SAME RULES FOR EVERYONE, NO EXCEPTIONS…..I AM GLAD WE NOW HAVE A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU AND THE OFFICERS IN YOUR COMMAND, SO UNLESS WE RUN INTO ANY UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS,THIS WILL BE MY LAST WEEKLY REMINDER……..

  5. FIPNA MEMBER 1

    May you have love that never ends,
    lots of money, and lots of friends.
    Health be yours, whatever you do,
    and may God send many blessings to you!

  6. FIPNA MEMBER since 1980

    I can’t believe that no one can find any information on the woman that died.Do you really think she was UNDOCUMENTED and that’s why she was unable to join the union??Isn’t that against the law to knowingly hire undocumented workers? I wonder if there are any more like her working in the nursing home now? Isn’t that putting lives at risk?? How can we find out??

  7. Former Employee

    It’s kind of funny how that roommate is nowhere to be found and you can’t get any info on the worker that died. I wonder if the roommate was given a one way ticket home?

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