Strike Update Day 109 & 110 – (6/7/2008 – 6/8/2008)

Day 109 & 110 – This is my weekend wrap-up post compiling both days into one post. First let me just say it was a hot hot hot weekend, it is just the beginning of June and already we have temperatures near 100 degrees.

 

So once again officer Vanputten was assigned to the post here at the strike line. Why is it necessary to send this one particular officer here? This officer just does not know how to deal with people, every time he is here there is always some type of issue.

 

Well once again he insists on parking his patrol car in the flow of traffic which in turn causes unnecessary hazards for motorists. I am sure you remember when he parked his car angled into the street and cause an accident when an Access-A-Ride bus couldn’t maneuver successfully around the patrol car and instead hit the front of my car. That accident would have never happened if it weren’t for his carelessness in the way he parks his vehicle. To add insult to injury this officer wrote a $115.00 summons for being “Parked in a Safety Zone”, mind you this was the time that signs nor barricades were posted! Maybe I should have had a “Doctor on Call” paper in my window at that time? He then outright lied on the accident report stating that there were no independent witnesses to the accident when there were at least 20 striking members who saw the whole thing.

 

Today was no different, he was parked on the top of Cannon sticking out onto the street as well as overlapping Giles, so any vehicle turning from Giles onto Cannon would have to make a wide turn to avoid hitting the patrol car and possibly hit the strike pen. When asked why he was parked that way his statement was “So I can see down Giles Place”, how come he is the ONLY officer that parks haphazardly? All of the other officers pull fully on the sidewalk and pull down further so that the entire car is off the road. As for seeing down Giles Place, the strike pens are on Cannon! Also if it is so necessary to see down Giles why not get out of the car and stand on the corner? Most other officers that are assigned here don’t even get a vehicle. This officer really needs to get some sensitivity training on how to deal with the public.

 

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I see that someone added some cash to Helen today, it is only fitting since she is still making huge profits off the backs of others whom she doesn’t even appreciate.

 

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It is a shame that the police fear Helen so much that they hide from her cameras just to answer their cell phone. It has been alleged that Helen has been recording everything the police do and then send video in to 1 Police Plaza. I can’t imagine that it is a problem for an officer to answer their cell phone, but apparently it is by the way this officer has to hide to do it.

 

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Lights out for Helen? All the bright lights on the front of the nursing home suddenly turned off, maybe you need a bigger circuit breaker!

 

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Today (Sunday) there is another article in the NY Daily News about this ongoing strike.

 

Nursing home’s greed will put it in the labor hall of shame

 

I can’t believe that Helen can show up to court unprepared and all she gets is a postponement! What is wrong with this picture, these workers have been on strike since February 20, 2008 and nobody can do anything except set a court date for August! I mean come on already is it because the majority of these workers are Black? I would hope in this day and age that it is not the case but it sure seems that way.

 

Another point to ponder is why are nursing homes allowed to make such a huge profit when they are getting paid with tax dollars? I realize that all businesses are in business to make a profit but there needs to be some sort of cap put on this greed.

 

One last thing, in regards to the new staff, there are so many new faces changing all the time. How can these replacement workers really care about their job when they know they could be on the street any day if the strike is settled. It is amazing that the management says the workers abandoned their jobs when in fact it is their right to strike as a union because of unfair labor practices.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

 

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10 responses to “Strike Update Day 109 & 110 – (6/7/2008 – 6/8/2008)”

  1. Money Man (Patrick)

    I guess its going to take 200+ complaints per assigned shift to the Civilian Complaint Review Board before Vanputten buys a clue that his behavior is unacceptable (at the very least), and shows blatant favoritism towards the facility. It makes all of us ask the question: Who does Vanputten actually work for? Maybe after 2-3 group complaints/600+ individual ones, the 50th precinct will wake up and put him where he belongs – behind a desk.

    The blond officer in your picture should be hiding – her behavior is personally offensive as well. No officer should take sides while on duty – yet there seem to be a handful that make it clear who their *real employer* is. It’s sad…considering that the majority of the officers assigned to the strike are professional and courteous. HELLen’s calls to 1 Police Plaza just shows how angry she can get when she’s paying good money, and getting bad personal service.

    As for nursing home profits – no Phil, not all businesses are in business to make a profit. A 501(c)(3) corporation *should* be in business to provide a community service. When it comes to our youth and our elderly – raping the system for personal gain goes beyond reprehensible.

    When it comes to “the system” – the thing to remember is that most of these Judges that are being so lenient in this situation need to be reminded that they were elected to serve the public. If they are incapable or unwilling to protect the elderly and the working class New Yorkers – then we’ll have to collectively remind them in November.

  2. mike polinski

    that police is very nasty, he just like being mean.

  3. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    OH WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN……..CAPTAIN D’ADAMO….WHY DO YOU CONTINUALLY POST OFFICER VANPUTTEN AT THE STRIKE SITE???????? IS T BECAUSE HELLen SIEGER HAS REQUESTED THIS WHEN SHE PHONES 1 POLICE PLAZA??????? I CAN SYMPATHIZE WITH YOUR POSITION, THAT YOU ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, HOWEVER YOU ARE THROWING YOUR STONES THE WRONG WAY……. HELLen SIEGER IS ONE PERSON, THAT YOU APPARENTLY CHOOSE TO ALIGN YOURSELF WITH……FIPNA IS MADE UP OF A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, WHO HAVE FAR FLUNG INFLUENCE…….NEED I REMIND YOU OF THE EVENT WE PULLED OFF OVERNIGHT, BACK IN THE 80’S, WHEN WE PICKETED THE 50 PRECINCT……….WE HAD WELL OVER 500 PEOPLE FROM EVERY SECTOR OF THE 50 PRECINCT, MEDIA LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE AND WE ACHIEVED WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO………IS HISTORY GOING TO HAVE TO REPEAT ITSELF??????? YOU HAVE SEEN THE 2 RECENT RALLIES AND THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, WE’VE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH 1199 SEIU…….. WE ARE VERY TIRED OF THE UNFAIR PRACTICES BEING USED AGAINST THE 220 STRIKING EMPLOYEES AND THE COMMUNITY AS WELL…….YOU PLACATE US AND PATRONIZE US AND THE SAME NONSENSE OCCURS OVER AND OVER AGAIN…….THE MAJORITY OF THE OFFICERS THAT ARE POSTED AT THE STRIKE SITE ARE IMPARTIAL AND PROFESSIONAL AND COURTEOUS TO ALL INVOLVED, BUT THERE ARE A FEW OFFICERS, VANPUTTEN BEING ONE OF THEM, THAT ARE DISCOURTEOUS,ARROGANT,ANTAGONISTIC AND SHOULD NOT BE DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC AT LARGE………HE IS YOUR PROBLEM…..DON’T FOIST HIM OFF ON US…….IT IS ALREADY HARD ENOUGH DEALING WITH EVERY DAY ISSUES, WE DON’T NEED THEM COMPOUNDED BY OFFICER VANPUTTEN AND THE FEW OTHERS………..

  4. PinkPanther

    Mon Dieu, mon Capitan,what are you doing? Why you send this Officer Vanputten to our nice community? He brings with him nothing but trouble, nes pa? He does not like peoples, any peoples.He is very nasty to the strikers and he does not know how to park a car. He makes a very dangerous condition with the way he parks.There is absolutmont no reason to park like this. Please, you must fix this, before there is more problems.Is it true that HELLen videotapes all the police officers.Mais pourquoi,pour quelle raison? But why, for what reason? What purpose does this serve her? Is there no end to her deceit? This is a wicked woman, nes pa? Maybe all the lights went off, because HELLen did not pay her bill? Isn’t that the usual for her, she doesn’t like to part with her m-o-n-e-y? That is the way they do things,don’t show up, show up unprepared, have no lawyer,excuse after excuse.She needs to be held in contempt for she is contemptible. Her time will come, when she can’t mock the law and then she will go to jail, certainmont, with all her minions and cohorts following behind. All the aces of her”new” staff peoples change daily, or they soon realize what a mistake they have made, choosing to work for HELLen Sieger, le mal un.

  5. FIPNA MEMBER 1

    Life presents us with challenges that we must overcome, And sometimes all the detours can leave the senses numb. Life is filled with stumbling blocks we pass along the way, But it can become a stepping stone when love comes into play. Wherever there’s an obstacle that we must rise above, It helps to overcome it with an attitude of love. For anger never solves a thing and stress will bring us down, But love unlocks the doorway where hope and faith are found. So many things divide us throughout the human race, But love’s the great uniter,the smile on man kinds face. Life presents us with challenges that we must rise above, And blessed is he who can maintain an attitude of love.

  6. Rosa Martinez

    What is wrong with this cop? What is his problem? Doesn’t he know how to park or what? Maybe they should send him to parking school.Or do you think he just likes irritating people? Give it a rest already.

  7. Former Employee

    Hey man I think the pink panther got it right- sieger don’t like paying no stinking bills- she don’t like paying nobody nothing!

  8. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I HOPE EVERYONE TOOK THE FEW MINUTES OUT OF THEIR DAY TO READ WHAT MR. ERROL LOUIS WROTE….. HE KNOWS OF WHAT HE SPEAKS……..THANK YOU MR. LOUIS FOR GOING WHERE SOME OF YOUR FELLOW COLUMNIST’S WOULD NOT DARE TO TREAD…….AUDREY SMITH- CAMPBELL’S DEATH WILL NOT BE IN VAIN…….WE MUST FIGHT HARD AND WIN THIS BATTLE FOR HER……..SHE WAS A KIND, LOVING, COMPASSIONATE HARD WORKING WOMAN……….I THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG CONVICTIONS……

  9. Jose Rameriez

    I am so sick of everyone letting the nursing home get away with everything. I wonder like Patrick said are the police on the nursing homes salary? Why do I get tickets for parking but they do not? I live here they do not. When will this nursing home be brought to the table and be forced to negotiate with these workers?

  10. Mavis foreman

    THAT COP IS JUST A TROUBLE MAKER … BEST OF HIS LIFE IF YOU AS ME

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