Strike Update Day 184 – (8/21/2008)

Day 184 – Since the striking members were still on strike after midnight I will consider this day 184.

 

Around 4:30am, The new administrator, Bruce Zarret, whom I officially have not met yet arrived at Kingsbridge, we all were hoping this was a good sign that things were going to go smoothly. With the judges order in hand the union hoped to return to work starting at 5am this morning, however it did not get off to a good start, as the clock got close to 5:00am the new administrator instructed the security guards to lock the doors even though Pearl from the union along with the union’s attorney and all the early workers were ready to get to work.

 

Since the nursing home would not allow access to the building we just documented the incident with video and waited until 5:30am to try again with the next crew of workers. The waiting game continued on, at about 7:00am Helen finally arrived, she was ushered from a taxi into the building under cover by the security guards and once again closed the doors behind her.

 

Finally a little before 8:00am the administrator emerged from the building and spoke with Isaac, Pearl and the union’s attorney. It was decided that the workers could start entering the building using a slow arduous process. They were allowed to enter the building only after names were compared and lists were checked, slowly a few members of a group at a time entered. It was finally the moment we were all waiting for when the “REAL” workers of Kingdbridge were allowed back in the building.

 

This all went on for the good part of the morning and early afternoon, then after the 3:00pm shift was cleared and in the building the last shift that was left was the 11:00pm shift. It took a lot of time and effort but by 11:30pm all of the Kingsbrdige workers were back where they belong.

 

As the workers finished their shifts they all had many things to say, “the residents were so happy to see them back” was the unanimous thought that came to the workers when asked what was happening inside. I was told that they all had to go through some type of orientation where Helen herself spoke to them and allegedly stated that she is appealing the court order and she will win! All I can say is this is just more scare tactics from a heartless, callous woman. Doesn’t she think that these workers have been subjected to enough already? I mean remember they were forced out in the middle of February in the cold and snow, they had bright noisy lights shining on them while a guard with a german shepard patrolled the sidewalk in front of Kingsbridge making it look more like a concentration camp than a nursing home. They had to scrape by on unemployment and a stipend that the union afforded them, they couldn’t go to the doctor because they had no insurance and had to worry about if they were ever going back to their job again.

 

Six months! SIX MONTHS of this punishment they were forced to endure and when they finally get back to work what do they have? The same woman who cut their benefits and told them they were all fired is now telling them that they are back but not for long because she is going to win the appeal. Give me a break already!

 

There is so much more to say as emotions were high all around, maybe it was from a lack of sleep but I too was happy and sad to see all the workers go back inside. I was happy because they finally received the justice they deserve, but sad because all these good friends of mine will not be right outside my door 24 hours a day. Who am I going to talk to at 3:00am?

 

Please have a look at the many pictures of all the workers returning to work, we have pictures from all shifts starting from early morning all the way through to midnight when the last of the workers returned. You can browse the gallery here: STRIKE 2008 OVER!

 

I will have a video by early next week posted of all the employees returning to work, it was a very emotional day for all. Let us not forget that today is Audrey Campbell-Smith’s birthday, how appropriate is it that the workers are finally back to work on the day of her birthday?

 

Now today (Friday), the day after everyone returned to work there was a news frenzy over this strike! Who ever thought one little nursing home on a one way street in the Bronx could attract so much attention.

 

Striking Nursing Home Workers Return to Work – NY Times

 

Tarnished workers strike gold – NY Daily News

 

Kingsbridge Workers Return – 1199SEIU Website

 

Also News12 was here talking to the kitchen workers and asking how everything was going now that they are back to work.

 

One final thought, even though the workers are back to work, the battle is long from over. As the union members used to chant on the picket line “Helen Sieger, Got to go!”.

 

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31 responses to “Strike Update Day 184 – (8/21/2008)”

  1. Mavis foreman

    YES PHIL .. WHAT DO WE WANT?.. HELEN OUT … SAY WHAT DO WE WANT? HELEN OUT .. A LITTLE BIT LOUDER … H E L E N O U T.. HAHAHAHAHA… AND PHIL DONT FORGET WHAT THE COPS YES THE POLICE FORCE DID TO US OUT THERE ..DISCRACEFUL

  2. Mavis foreman

    WHO WAS IT THAT SAID WE WERE NEVER GOING BACK ????? CANT HEAR YOU.. A LITTLE BIT LOUDER… SAY IT AGAIN ..HA!HA! HA! AND THE UNION PROVES YOU WRONG ..AGAIN.

  3. Mavis foreman

    PHIL JUST WATCHING THE PICTURES OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS GOING BACK TO THEIR JOBS BRINGS TEARS OF JOY TO MY HEART AND EYES .. OH GOD HOW THEY STRUGGLED.. DURING THE WINTER AND SUMMER. WHILE THE WICKED WITCH OF ALL WITCHES LIED OVER AND OVER.. MURDERED OUR DEAR SISTER … BUT THE END OF THE WITCH IS YET TO BE SOON AND VERY SOON. WHAT EVER YOU WORK FOR YOU WILL BE REWARDED ACCORDINGLY….. GOOD OR BAD .. R.I.P. OUR SISTER AUDREY.. WE’LL FOREVER LOVE YOU

  4. mike polinski

    it fat boy said we no go back. who laughs now. we do.

  5. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    WHAT A MOST BEAUTIFUL SIGHT FOR SORE EYES, AFTER 6 MONTHS OF STRUGGLING THROUGH THE COLD,WIND,SLEET AND SNOW AND THEN THE SPRING RAINS ON INTO THE BRUTAL SCORCHING HEAT OF SUMMER……..A MORE BEAUTIFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE THAN I HAVE EVER SEEN……..YOU ALL LOOK SO GOOD IN YOUR NICE,CRISP UNIFORMS…….I BET THE RESIDENTS WERE CRYING TEARS OF JOY WHEN THEY SAW ALL THEIR RIGHTFUL CARETAKERS COME BACK IN TO CARE FOR THEM ONCE AGAIN……….I AM SURE THEY HAD PLENTY OF STORIES TO TELL……..WE STOOD TOGETHER, UNITED AS ONE AND WE WON………ALTHOUGH THIS VICTORY WAS SWEET, THE NEXT ONE WILL BE EVEN SWEETER,WHEN WE FINALLY GET RID OF HELLen………AND WE WILL GET RID OF HELLen ONE WAY OR THE OTHER…….. I AM SURE THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO HAS A LOT MORE IN STORE FOR HELLen……..IF I WAS HER, I’D REALLY BE STARTING TO WONDER, WHAT NEXT???? I CAN’T WAIT, BUT AS THEY SAY, ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT……..AND WE HAVE LEARNED THAT PATIENCE PAYS OFF IN A BIG WAY…….MY FRIENDS, YOU MUST CONTINUE TO STAND TOGETHER, UNITED AS ONE, AND YOU MUST NOT LET THE BOND YOU ALL HAVE WITH ONE ANOTHER EVER BE BROKEN…….YOU ALL HAVE PAID A HEAVY PRICE FOR THIS VICTORY, DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT…….IT WAS A LONG, HARD BATTLE BUT THERE ARE STILL A FEW BATTLES TO BE WON……..I AM LIKE A PROUD MOTHER WATCHING ALL HER CHILDREN GO BACK TO SCHOOL……….BOTH HAPPY AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME…….GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL………..

  6. YOURNEIGHBOR

    Those pictures were horrible. You people ought to be ashamed of the way you acted out there on that pickett line. That is not the way to strike. Assaulting people is not the way to get your point across. You people should have lost your jobs for good for acting in such a juvenile manner. I would never put someone I love in the hands of someone like you. All of ou should have to pay for the wrongful things you done to the temporary workers. They were not there to hurt anyone, but trying to make a few bucks like everyone else in this city. If the shoe were on the other foot, some of you woulf have done the same thing. Those temporary workers saved you people’s job. If it wasnt for them willing to work, the nursing would have gotten shut down due to lack of staff and insufficient care so you need to be thankful that you are walking through those doors again. Helen will get what she deserves and so will all of you who caused any harm to the workers. What goes around comes around.Belive that.

  7. YOURNEIGHBOR

    Being excited and typing to fast was the cause of some mispelled words but belive me, none of you can come close to the education I have from Columbia University. Some of you have not seen the inside of a college. Who desires a career as a CNA for 20 years? WHy settle when there is so much more being offered. Much Much More available to you. But you rather stand in front of a nuring home calling people c****, B******, and many other hateful and disgraceful names. It wasn’t called for. I’m glad the strike is over, now the temporary workers can go find a real job without being abused and assaulted by a bunch of grown folks with no manners or home training.

  8. PinkPanther

    Comme dit FFP, ce qui une vue de vous voir tous à vos uniformes et de prêt et désireux de se remettre au travail. Il est juste regrettable que Hellen est toujours là et abusant de ce que peu de pouvoir, elle a left.That de l ‘accord, sa journée de calcul est encore à come.And elle aura un jour du jugement, n’ont pas fear.Right maintenant elle mieux bande de roulement en douceur ou elle aura lieu au mépris de la justice et jetés en prison. Qu’est-ce qu’un de vue qui serait, alors qu’elle avait trouver le harshW réalités de la vie. J’hésite à le dire, mais une riche femme blanche ne possède pas une chance en prison, mais il est tellement Hellen qui prend soin. Nous devons continuer dans nos efforts pour renverser cette tyrannie despot.And nous gagner, pour une bonne conquiert toujours mal. Like FFP said, what a sight to see you all in your uniforms and ready and eager to get back to work. It is just a shame that HELLen is still there and abusing what little power she has left.That’s okay, her day of reckoning is yet to come.And she will have a day of reckoning, have no fear.Right now she better tread softly or she will be held in contempt of court and thrown in jail. What a sight that would be,then she’d find out the harshW realities of life. I hesitate to say this but a rich,white woman doesn’t have a chance in jail, but it’s HELLen so who cares. We must continue in our efforts to oust this tyrannical despot.And we shall win, for good always conquers evil.

  9. Phil

    YOURNEIGHBOR:

     

    First of all what is it Wander or YourNeighbor? You said you were a family member now a neighbor? Give me a break, you are probably just Martin in disguise.

     

    Let me just say that if it wasn’t for the scabs working the real workers would have been back to work long ago, the scabs did not save anyones jobs. For you to even side with someone who is willing to come in and take a job on the other side of a picket line goes to show your real education.

     

    As far as assaulting people or calling names, you haven’t seen anything during this strike. The problem is everyone has become to complacent and politically correct in this country. If this was 20 years ago alot more would have been done including shutting down all deliveries to the nursing home while the strike was ongoing. You think not?

     

  10. PinkPanther

    Gee I wander who your neighbor is? Sounds a little more like a nasty,bitter old dried up hag..but then that would fit marty bebe too! Just can’t stay away, but not man enough to take the credit for your BULLSHIT! absolutmont..certainmont..

  11. YOURNEIGHBOR

    YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. 20 YEARS AGO, MORE WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE. ALSO, 20 YEARS AGO, NOONE WOULD HAVE BEEN TRHOWING WATER, SNAPPLE BOTTLES, EGGS, SMEARING DOG POOP ON FRONT CAR WINDSHIELDS, KEY SCRATCHING ON VEHICLES, SPITTING AND ALOT OF OTHER NASTY, RUDE BEHAVIOR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DID’NT NEED TO DO ALL THAT, HIS WORD WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH. HE DIDN’T NEED TO BREAK THE LAW TO GET A POINT ACROSS. YOU ALL CALL YOURESLVES A STRONG UNION, AND I GUESS YOU WANT PEOPLE TO RESPECT THAT? HOW ABOUT RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE!!!
    ITS OKAY TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS, BUT DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. IF ITS WORTH DOING, ITS WORTH DOING RIGHT.!!!

  12. Phil

    UMMMM, Like the scabs did? Remember we have pictures of your precious replacement workers throwing eggs at the striking members and then being taken away by the police. Did you forget this?

     

    Anyway you are right that it shouldn’t come to any of that, but after time goes by, tempers flare and things get out of hand. But to say the scabs saved the workers jobs, give me a break!

  13. Mavis foreman

    neighbor go rot in hell that should keep you hiding forever

  14. PinkPanther

    Monsieur Marty bebe, I challenge you to a duel.Are you man enough? I think not..I think you have a crush on Mr.Phil that is why you only respond to him, nes pa? After all, did you or did you not say Arkady was your lover? Come on Marty bebe, own up..be a man for once.

  15. Phil

    Mavis:

     

    I couldn’t believe you weren’t here on Thursday, but after seeing you and Clair today it was like reality has finally set in, WE WON!

     

    I am sorry you missed all the emotions when your/our family returned to work. You need to tell that union that you are more important to us than you are to DC ;)

     

    I was so happy to see you today, we all love you! You brought life to the strike line and made sure everyone knew that 1199 was on strike against HELEN!

     

    One last time, “Helen Sieger – Got to go”!

  16. Karen

    In any relationship, there are two sides. Even in the workplace, there is the boss and the worker, and they have a relationship. In most cases that relationship is built on a contract or on a law that protects both sides. The boss pays the worker to do what the boss can not do either because it is too much work, or it is too difficult to do the work and manage the operation. On the other hand, the worker gives up somethings for a stable work place. They could get paid much more if they worked per diem, but they settle for less so they can get benefits.

    The SCABS made it so the BOSS could keep the operation going without the regular staff. If the BOSS had no other choice, they would have lived up to their original commitment, that is pay for the health care. Having scabs come to work just made it easier for the owner to make more money without cutting the efficiency of the operation.

    Scabs took money out of the mouths of the workers and their families. They should not be rewarded with employment.

  17. goodaz

    Yourneighbor you should be shame of yourself you think i feel good to see the scabes trying to takes from me and my union family we love our job and our residents. Residents is with us not against us if you could go back to the first week of the strike our residents have signs at the window showing their support if thats not love what else could it be. We will fight for whst rightfully belong to us and we did just that we not finish yet we still doing a house cleaning yourneighbor you get caught in the web too. Yourneighbor in the future anyone you know trying to mess with the 1199SEIU tell them to give up because you going down down down you going down… and go get a life we back where we belong dont hate just congratulate.

  18. Mavis foreman

    Phil my dear brother i was very happy to see you and the family again … how fast is our youngest growing … oh did i tell you Michael came and gave me my hug? yes sirree… you both have a beautiful family there. i just love you guys to pieces… the joy of knowing you guys over the pass 6 month is unmeasurable.. like i have always said you guys are the middle of the puzzle we have just began to put together.couldn’t have done it without you guys….we (Clair and I) are so very sorry we could not have been there physically.. but our thoughts was there with you all .. yea yea we know it was not the same .. but you know how things are we had to do what had to be done if Clair and I had a choice… you bet your bottom dollar KINGSBRIDGE is where we would have been … however we are looking forward in the other joys to come.. Phil i work for 1199seiu .. but i tell you it was as if helen had taken away my health benefits and it became VERY VERY personal….no one and I mean no one should be without …healthcare benefits, and when Audrey died I guess I just lost it and know deep down that my very life depended upon winning this cause..oh God and you helped us so much … i love you guys very very much and my life will me the better for knowing all of you … Thank you guys and God Bless. WHEN THE MEMBERS BEGIN TO PRAY AND THEN LORD WILL HAVE HIS WAY HELEN SIEGER IS GOING DOWN……..YESSSSSSSS WE HAVE WON!!!!!!UNITED WE STAND

  19. little bill

    So you would of make the patients suffer by stopping the delivery so they cant get their food and medication ..so you could go back to work? Oh ok that’s how you care about the patients.

  20. Phil

    Little Bill:

     

    First of all I would have thought you would have slithered away like the snake you are but I guess you must continue on with your ramblings.

     

    All I stated was the facts, if this was a strike years ago or at another type of business even now a days things would have been different.

     

    As far as the patients suffering, do you think they didn’t suffer without the people they came to know? Remember most elderly people don’t like change, just the fact that there were all new people caring for them was shocking enough to them. This was proven by the spike in deaths the first two weeks of the strike, and yes I have the paper work to prove it, remember we FOILed the DOH!

  21. PinkPanther

    MR. PHIL..Like that itty bitty,teenie, weenie,wienie,billy boy would understand what a FOIL is, unless of course, nes pa, it is not who he pretends to be.Yoo-hoo itty, bitty,teenie,weenie,wienie, why don’t you come out and play?

  22. Mavis foreman

    ITTY BITTY ….YOU ARE A MESS…. A REAL MESS.. I CANT EVEN BE BOTHERED WITH THE LIKES OF YOU.. CRAWL AWAY .. BE GONE

  23. little bill

    Phil how much you got payed by 1199? you don’t feel bad taking the peoples union dues?

  24. little bill

    Phil how come you don’t call the cops about the parking no more? there was a doctor parking in front of the building on the yellow line and cars parking half in the lot and the sidewalk..

  25. Phil

    Little Bill:

     

    What happened did I hit a nerve by calling you the snake that you are? Anyway for your information I did not get paid one dime from 1199. I don’t work for 1199 I am the head of the neighborhood association which runs this blog. I made it my mission from day one to support the striking members and 1199 because they were right and Helen was wrong! Helen is ALWAYS wrong it seems, take a look at her track record, even with FIPNA she has never won a battle.

     

    As for the cars parking on the street, I am happy we can ALL park back on the street. What’s fair is fair and you can be assured that the cops will be writing tickets for your cars parked in the parking lot that are hanging over the sidewalk.

     

    Since you are so concerned about me looking after things, why don’t you give Helen my new concern. The strike is over, take down all the unnecessary cameras that are now invading our homeowners privacy and turn off those bright lights that are unnecessarily shining in the windows of the building across the street. I will be bringing these concerns to the new administrator shortly, along with the parking issues you reminded me of.

     

  26. PinkPanther

    M. Phil, pourquoi gardez-vous répondre à cette imbécile? Vous savez, il n’a pas de crédibilité, aucun pouvoir, il suffit de supprimer lui pour être le lingot qu’il est. Mr. Phil, why do you keep answering this moron? You know he has no credibility, no power, just delete him for being the slug that he is.

  27. little bill

    How do you like your new contract? it better be good for being out there for 6 months good.

  28. Mavis foreman

    itty bitty you have nothing to say.. so shut up already.

  29. Phil

    Agreed! Listen to Mavis and just go away! I must thank you for such quick action in regards to the cameras, they are still not 100% correct but I can’t believe you got Helen to move that fast! Get her to turn off the lights!

  30. PinkPanther

    M. Phil, Pensez-vous réellement ce Itty bitty Teenie weenie wienie imbécile, avait quelque chose à voir avec Hellen se débarrasser des caméras? Vous êtes tout à fait tort, vous donner à ce idiot trop de crédit .. N’êtes-vous pas de réaliser des caméras coûtent de l’argent et Hellen veut tout l’argent pour elle-même, elle a besoin de nouveaux vêtements et des chaussures neuves, maintenant que nous avons vu tous les équipements qu’elle possède en images sur ce blog .. Nous devons lui donner quelques conseils de mode, que rose, elle fait son porte ressembler à un gros, gras bouteille de PeptoBismol .. ou un Big Fat, ronds liasse de mâchés déjà été jetés rose bubble gum .. Obtenez de classe, Hellen .. Mr. Phil, do you really think this itty bitty teenie weenie wienie moron, had anything to do with HELLen getting rid of the cameras? You are very much mistaken,you give this idiot too much credit.. Don’t you realize cameras cost money and HELLen wants all the money for herself, she needs some new clothes and new shoes, now that we have seen every outfit she owns in pictures on this blog.. We must give her some fashion advice, that pink she wears makes her look like a big, fat bottle of PeptoBismol..or a big fat, round wad of already been chewed thrown away pink bubble gum.. Get some class, HELLen..

  31. Rosa Martinez

    Hey chicos, lo que ha sucedido a Fat Boy? Tenemos una buena risa, este pequeño proyecto de ley chico es demasiado estúpido para decir! Hey guys, what happened to Fat Boy? We need a good laugh, this little bill guy is just too stupid for words!

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