Day 111 – Another scorcher! The temperature had been close to 100 degrees today. The members were still here on the line, but they were doing their best to stay out of the sun to try and stay cool.
The Fire Department came by and installed a sprinkler cap on the fire hydrant so that the members would have a place to cool off. I must give a big thanks to New Yorks Bravest for taking the time out to come here and offer some relief to the striking members from this oppressive heat.
You can see that the members are already taking advantage of the nice cool water.
Once again today it seems that it is still ok for people to park on the street by just placing a paper in the front windshield. This car didn’t even have ‘MD’ plates.
Not only are the cars parking on the street, they still clog the sidewalk as well. You can also see how the ambulance is still parking across the street in the private driveway of Cannon Heights. Why is this necessary? There are two spots reserved just for this purpose in front of the nursing home, there was nobody blocking the spots but the ambulance still insists on blocking residents driveways.
Today I noticed that the nursing home has installed even more cameras, yes you heard me MORE cameras. What is the deal here? Why does a nursing home need so many cameras? Are they watching the people outside or are they worried about the people inside taking stuff out? Funny how they installed a second camera directly facing the 1199 SEIU mobile home. This camera not only faces the mobile home, but it pans from side to side and also sees clearly at night as it has an IR illuminator attached to it.
This morning on WWRL 1600 on your AM radio dial, Errol Louis of the NY Daily News was guest hosting a talk show where people could call in and talk about this ongoing strike. Thank you Errol for your excellent coverage of this story and for going beyond what others have been willing to do to cover this story. Errol recommend everyone listening to call the Department of Health and ask what they are doing to end this strike, I too would ask that you call, the phone call is FREE and takes only a couple of minutes. Call today (888) 201-4563.
In the Daily News article that was published on Sunday the nursing home said that it “replaced each employee and is extremely pleased with the new steady workforce.” That is pretty funny since the strike began and they started hiring replacement workers there has been an almost complete turn over of the new staff. These new workers don’t want to stay, they have no loyalty to Helen, they are just here to collect a check. Some get fed up when they come to work everyday and get yelled at by the striking members and so they don’t return, others are tired of the demands that have been put on them inside the home as they have to make up for the lack of staff. To say that the nursing home has a steady work force is absurd, it is more like a steady flow of work force.
It was alleged today that a resident had past away and wasn’t noticed until the new shift came on duty, it was only then that CPR was applied but at that point it was too late. I am awaiting more information about this issue and will post here once I have more details.
Tomorrow is supposed to be another hot one, but then the temperatures are going to break for the rest of the week.
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!