Strike Update Day 177 – (8/14/2008)

Day 177 – Well by now I am sure you have heard that the union was granted the 10(j) injunction they had requested. This is finally some good news for the striking members. What this means is that Helen had 5 business days to take the striking members back in and return them to their previous job titles and positions. Of course it is not that simple as Helen still has a chance to appeal this order, if she does appeal, it will just delay the reinstatement of the workers till a judge can hear the appeal.

 

You can read the order here: Order Granting Injunctive Relief (Adobe Acrobat Required)

 

Not soon after the announcement, Crains New York published an article about the injunction, you can read it here: Nursing home ordered to take workers back – Crains New York

 

While everyone is happy that this strike appears to be near its end, we still have a lot of work in front of us to make sure something like this does not happen again. We need better standards for nursing homes so in the future this kind of thing will not take so long to resolve. We are looking to the future and we will be working to get legislation passed to create a Board of Visitors. You can read what we wrote about it back in April here: Board of Visitors Legislation.

 

As you can imagine the striking members on the picket line were over joyed. They always knew if they stood strong that they would prevail, in unity anything is possible. The unity was not just confined to the striking members, they had the support of everyone around them. I am just glad that they stuck it out through the snow, the rain, the cold, the heat and whatever else was thrown at them.

 

There was a new image of Helen that was hanging on the picket line today.

 

 

We would just like to take a moment and remember Audrey today, there was a proclamation ceremony held in her memory today in city hall. I could not attend but many of the members did, I will see if I can get any photos of the event. It is so sad that during the six months that these workers were on a picket line they also lost one of their most precious members. Audrey Smith-Campbell you are missed by everyone and thought of often, may you rest in peace knowing that the union is almost at victory and your fight was not in vain.

 

We also would like to take a moment and offer a prayer to Lilly, another striking member that went for open heart surgery today, we all hope and pray that she make a fast and full recovery.

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

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10 responses to “Strike Update Day 177 – (8/14/2008)”

  1. baby boomer

    HEY, ALL YOU FELLOW BABY BOOMERS OUT THERE, IT’S TIME TO GET OFF YOUR DUFF AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT YOUR FUTURE. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, YOU CAN BE THE NEXT ONE IN PHOTOGRAPHS ON A TABLE, DISPLAYING A VIVID CASE OF OBVIOUS NEGLIGENCE.IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THE WAY THESE MONEY HUNGRY,LAW FLOUTING, CONTEMPTIBLE NURSING HOME OPERATORS ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE.WE NEED A TIGHTER CONTROL ON WHAT GOES ON, IN WHAT CAN BE ANY ONE OF OUR FUTURE LIVING CONDITIONS. THE WAY OUR FRAIL AND ELDE5LY ARE BEING ‘WAREHOUSED’ IS DESPICABLE. IT IS TIME TO MAKE CHANGES NOW,BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE,BEFORE YOU FALL VICTIM TO THESE HORRENDOUS,DEPRECATING,DEMORALIZING,AND LIFE THREATENING WAYS THAT NURSING HOMES ARE RUN TODAY.

  2. Karen

    Check out today’s New York Times at: Judge’s Ruling for Union May End 6-Month Strike

    Excerpted below:

    . . . .
    “Judge Cote issued an 80-page decision on Thursday as well as a lengthy injunction ordering, among other things, that the nursing home reinstate the strikers, bargain in good faith and stop its unusual practice — which was common a century ago — of pressuring employees to resign their union membership.

    Judge Cote upheld nearly all of the charges that the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board had brought against Kingsbridge Heights.

    She wrote that “the vast majority of the terms of the proposed injunction simply require Kingsbridge to cease and desist from engaging in clear violations” of the National Labor Relations Act.”

  3. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    What a great picture of HELLen!! It looks just like her! Big bloated,pompous,arrogant, avaricious, malicious ******** that she is! Love the bracelets, but what happened to her Prada bag? I guess she’s not going to be using that where she’s going! HA_HA_HA_HA_HA_HA_HA_HA_HA!!!!!!

  4. Phil

    From the NY Times story, “Ms. Sieger was arrested last week on felony charges after state officials accused her of not paying the workers’ compensation insurance for nearly a year. Ms. Sieger, who faces up to four years in prison, pleaded not guilty, her lawyers asserting that she had made good-faith efforts to purchase insurance.”

     

    What does that mean good faith effort? Either you buy insurance or you don’t, at one point Kingsbridge was self-certified, so what was the problem of getting insurance again?

  5. Karen

    Yeah, and how come she got the faith after FIPNA wrote about the problem this past June?

  6. Phil

    I just heard that allegedly Helen is inside the nursing home asking families to sign a petition saying that they don’t want the workers back. Is this even legal? Give me a break already Helen! I can’t see how this could even be justified in court as who knows what type of tactics could be used to compel the families to sign?

  7. KINGSBRIDGE RESIDENT

    GOOD FAITH, MY BUTT, THIS WOMAN DOESN’T KNOW WHAT ‘GOOD FAITH’ IS. JUST ASK HER HUSBAND! THIS IS JUST A NEW TACTIC FROM A NEW LAWYER GRABBING AT STRAWS. I SURE HOPE HE GOT HIS RETAINER FEE UP FRONT, BECAUSE YOU’RE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER ,MANY LAWYERS, SHE HIRED AND FIRED, TO GET OUT OF PAYING THEM!

  8. Mavis foreman

    HELEN HAS RAN HER COURSE… THERE IS NO WHERE LEFT FOR HER TO HIDE… I’M JUST WONDERING …. WHAT IS SHE TELLING THE SCABS NOW WHEN SHE CALLS A MEETING hahahahahah .. where is Tony? did’nt see him when i was there the last 2 times … but then again most is not coming out anymore “THEY ARE HIDING IN THE TOILET”

  9. Former Employee

    HELLen probably be signing all the names on that petition…/Ain’t nobody gonna sign for her. EVERYBODY HATES HELLen *******************

  10. PinkPanther

    Hellen Bon ça suffit! Pourquoi ne pas vous allez tranquillement? Ne pas vous vous rendez compte que vous avez terminé? Vous ne pourrez pas faire tourner une maison de soins infirmiers plus. Vous êtes fait, un bâton dans la fourche, FAIT! Pouvez-vous pas affronter la vérité? Vous allez en prison, sans doute! Le procureur général va faire un exemple de vous, afin que personne ne sera jamais oser même penser à tirer un quelconque des cascades que vous avez fait .. Les jours de liberté que vous avez à gauche, sont numérotées, pourquoi ne pas vous aller les dépenser, mais n’importe où ici? S’il vous plaît ne nous tous une faveur et slither loin comme le serpent dans l’herbe vous êtes! Okay HELLen enough is enough! Why don’t you just go quietly? Don’t you realize that you are finished? You will not be running a nursing home any more. You are done, stick a fork in it, DONE! Can’t you face the truth? You are going to jail, no doubt! The Attorney General is going to make such an example of you, so that no one will ever dare to even think about pulling any of the stunts you have done..The days of freedom you have left,are numbered, why don’t you go spend them, anywhere but here? Please do us all a favor and slither away like the snake in the grass you are! Il est beaucoup trop tard pour vous même à essayer d’amener les gens à signer une pétition, pas un espère une chose que vous dire! Vous avez d mensonge à tous ces “pauvres croûtes” et maintenant ils enfin comprendre, un peu trop tard, vous êtes un perdant! Ils ont écouté vos promesses et les mensonges et maintenant qu’ils sont prêts à payer les conséquences, tout comme vous pour tous vos méfaits!
    It is way too late for you to even try to get people to sign a petition, no one trusts a thing you say! You have lie d to all those “poor scabs” and now they finally realize, a little too late, you are a LOSER! They listened to your promises and lies and now they will pay the consequences, just as you will for all your misdeeds!

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