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!