Strike Update Day 175 – (8/12/2008)

Day 175 – Well today was the day the union members have been waiting for, the NLRB hearing took place in Manhattan today and we are all waiting for the outcome. It appears that an injunction will be issued within the next couple of days to allow the striking members to return to work. There was no definitive ruling decided today, but the impression of all those who attended was that a ruling in the unions favor is eminent.

 

We (FIPNA) did not attend the hearing because we were attending a meeting with the Department of Health. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz arranged a meeting with the DOH, 1199, FIPNA and family members who either have or have had relatives in Kingsbridge.

 

Those in attendance were Assemblyman Dinowitz and his assistant, Deputy Commissioner Mark Kissinger – DOH, Richard Healion – DOH, Althia Rodriquez-Rolan – DOH, Karen Argenti – FIPNA, Philip McDonnell – FIPNA, three family members and two 1199 union representatives.

 

The meeting was lead by Mr. Dinowitz and we all took turns speaking about our interactions with Kingsbridge. FIPNA was introduced and explained in a few short words our experience with Helen since she became the “operator” of the home. While FIPNA’s stories are unique to any community group around town, the stories told by the relatives were just plain awful.

 

One of the relatives had a father in Kingsbridge that passed away in June due to the fact that he was laid flat and water filled his lungs, he was sent to the hospital where he spent 15 days in the ICU. This was one of the most out spoken family members at the meeting, she even brought photos of the bruises all over her father which Kingsbridge attributed to taking a baby aspirin with coumadin, the family member did not buy that explanation. She also expressed her concerns about roaches in her fathers room, even in the drawers of his dresser.

 

 

Another resident of the home has been there for over 17 years, who suffered a massive stroke, is a war vet and requires a feeding tube. The family member stated that several times the feeding tube was not in place, she has noticed weight loss of her father, sores are visible from not turning, no hair cuts, no finger nails cut and she has to buy her own disposable diapers as Kingsbridge is using cloth diapers and does not supply disposable.

 

A serious allegation was brought up that Kingsbridge has cut corners so much that they don’t even have gloves on the residents floors and that some of the staff have one pair of gloves to reuse from patient to patient. Do I really have to spell out the issue of infection here?

 

Another allegation that was said was that there is a whirlpool bath that hasn’t worked for over three years, this bath is needed by some patients for rehabilitation. How can something like this be overlooked for such a length of time?

 

We were told by DOH that there are 347 nursing homes in the downstate Long Term Care jurisdiction with 100 staff people; 24 are inspectors who generally survey the homes once per year, and 15 are inspectors who respond to complaints. In the case of Kingsbridge on strike, at least 15 different inspectors go unannounced to the home about three times per week, or at least 100 visits since the strike began.

 

Our assumption is that either these inspectors are spread too thin or they are just ignoring the facts. For the DOH to tell us that everything is fine in Kingsbridge is troubling. How can the stories of so many family members, not just the ones in attendance today be so similar, but yet the DOH claims that nothing is wrong? We asked if the inspectors actually visit the floors or do they just compare the patient care plans, the DOH officials did not have a definitive answer to this question. We wondered how the inspectors could have missed seeing the boxes of gloves needed to control infections.

 

We concluded the meeting by asking the DOH officials what they are going to do to help us. They did not have an immediate answer as there are legal constraints. They asked the family members for more information, and stated that, working with the Attorney General, they are preparing to place a receiver as operator at Kingsbridge. They approached the current operator, Helen, about voluntarily leaving and allowing the home to go into receivership, however her answer was a resounding NO!

 

All in all we had a very good meeting and hopefully there will be some movement to oust Helen and bring in a receiver. At this point is it even possible for the workers to return to their jobs and actually work comfortably with Helen as their boss? After 6 months on a picket line all because of this one persons unwillingness to negotiate, how can Helen even face these workers?

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

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12 responses to “Strike Update Day 175 – (8/12/2008)”

  1. Mavis foreman

    The woman (helen) have no HEART she’ll face them…but i’ll tell you one thing … the Members are Strong and Bonded… Nothing and i mean Nothing GREEDY helen and her Crew (SCABS) can do will ever break this Membership…

  2. MOTHER GOOSEY

    THERE IS AN EVIL,WICKED WOMAN, YOU KNOW WHO,
    SHE HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS, OH WHAT CAN SHE DO ?
    EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS SHE DID NOT PAY,
    AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE, FOR MANY A DAY.
    TOO BUSY AMASSING AND HOARDING HER SILVER AND GOLD,
    SHE FORCED HER LONG TIME EMPLOYEES OUT INTO THE COLD..
    THE UNION MEMBERS WERE FORCED TO GO OUT ON STRIKE..
    SOMETHING HELLen SIEGER SURELY DIDN’T LIKE..
    SHE TOLD HER ALL THE STRIKING WORKERS THAT THEY WERE FIRED!
    AND THEN A BUNCH OF STRIKE BREAKING SCABS SHE HIRED..
    THEY MARCHED AND THEY CHANTED AND TOGETHER THEY PRAYED,
    BUT THE EVIL WICKED WOMAN JUST WOULD NOT BE SWAYED.
    SHE DID WHAT SHE WANTED AND BROKE EVERY RULE,
    THINKING THAT THEY WERE JUST IGNORANT FOOLS..
    BUT THE UNION AND FIPNA HAD SO MUCH INFORMATION TO SHARE,
    AND ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO SOON BECAME AWARE,
    ALAS, ALL OF HER THREATS AND HER ANTICS WERE TO NO AVAIL,
    NOW AUNTIE HELLen IS GOING STRAIGHT TO JAIL!!!!!

  3. Money Man (Patrick)

    Mavis: I couldn’t have said it better. HELLen should simply walk away. Her state-funded money tree is bare, and her reign of terror is done. Once back inside, if HELLen and her “minions” (read: few administration still left) try to cause any more harm to these residents in the short time she has left – by with holding food, critical medical care – or anything – we’ll be on them so fast they’ll rue the day they even THOUGHT of owning a nursing home! The only two honorable routes out of this for HELLen at this point is a) suicide or b) turning herself over to the State. She won’t do either, of course – instead, she’ll spend the rest of her days broke, broken, and die with dishonor not only from the rejection of her family and community – but with the blood of many residents on her hands, in prison.

    While finally getting our raises and benefits, there will be one equally important thing come out of all this – its that the Membership will no longer fear tyrants like HELLen – and the residents of Kingsbridge will finally get the best care we can give them.

  4. Phil

    Patrick: This is so true that the membership should not have to fear tyrants no longer, with this being said we (FIPNA) have started legislation to create a Board of Visitors. You can read what we wrote about it back in April here: Board of Visitors Legislation.

  5. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    PATRICK..AMEN TO THAT…….ENOUGH SAID…..

  6. mike polinski

    helen is finish she should have sign contract. none of this would happen if she sign contract.

  7. Family Member

    PHIL – You forgot to mention that they feed the patients hotdogs 2 or 3 times a week. The new workers don’t care about the patients the old workers knew all the patients and a caring relationship with them.

  8. PinkPanther

    Mon Dieu, il est toujours la même vieille chanson de ministère de la Santé, aucune réponse définitive mon cul .. Ils savent très bien que tous ces inspecteurs qui vont dans “inopinées” seulement aller dans les bureaux et de comparer les graphiques et notations .. Ils ne sont pas en cours d’admettre qu’elles ont été pris avec leurs pantalons. Nous savons tous que Hellen qui ne permet à personne le premier étage, elle et ses séides et assurez-vous que toutes les entrées du tableau sont “bonnes”. Droit, Marty bébé? Le seul personne qui dispose d’un «hutzpah” à prendre sur Hellen est procureur général Andrew Cuomo, et je suis très sûr qu’il ne fait que commencer .. Il a Hellen “mort aux droits” et il fera un bon exemple d’elle, de ce fait, créer un précédent, pour toute future Hellen aspirants ..

    My God, it is always the same old tune from DOH, no definitive answer my ass..They know full well that all these inspectors that go in ‘unannounced” only go into the offices and compare charts and notations..They are not going to admit that they have been caught with their pants down. We all know that HELLen doesn’t let anyone past the first floor, and she and her minions make sure all the chart entries are “correct”. Right, Marty baby? The only person that has the ‘hutzpah” to take HELLen on is Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and I am very sure he has only just begun.. He has HELLen “dead to rights” and he will make a good example of her, thereby, setting a precedent,for any future HELLen wannabes..

  9. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    JUST A FEW TIDBITS OF INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO COUMADIN USE AND BRUISING…..BRUISING OCCURS IF #1] THERE IS INADEQUATE MONITORING OF COUMADIN LEVELS #2] PATIENTS ARE HANDLED ROUGHLY OR MOVED IMPROPERLY #3] TOO MUCH VITAMIN K IN THEIR DIET eg TOO MANY LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES,TOO MUCH SOYBEAN OR CANOLA OIL, TOO MUCH CRANBERRY JUICE, TOO MUCH BEEF OR PORK LIVER….. THE PICTURES EVIDENT ON THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY MEMBER DISPLAYS A VIVID STORY. THE CARE BEING GIVEN IN KHRCC IS NEGLIGIBLE.

  10. Karen

    We have reports from the meeting attendees that the Health Department representative Mark Kissinger called and explained that it was permissible to use cloth diapers instead of disposable, as that was a change with medicaid.

     

    In addition, the whirlpool/bath that was inoperative for the past three years was permissible as the home takes all the patients from the third floor to bath on other floors.

     

    Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

  11. Phil

    After speaking with the striking members I was told that allegedly both whirlpool baths are inoperative, if this is true where are the patients getting their rehab from? Also how come this wasn’t found by the DOH until it was brought to everyone’s attention during our meeting? And even though there might be another whirlpool bath why is it ok for Kingsbridge to allow a facility to be broken for so long?

  12. Phil

    I received an email from a former employee of KHRCC and this is what they stated:

     

    Phil the reason why a whirlpool can be broken for so long is either the vendor that fixes the whirlpool will not come in to fix it because he is owed money or it takes a very long time to get paid; or the whirlpool is an older model and to get parts is very difficult; or the price Ms. Sieger was given to fix the whirlpool is more than what Ms. Sieger is willing to pay. In my time there Ms. Sieger only made significant mechanical renovations/repairs, only if DOH mandated her to do so.

     

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