southeast works cover-up
worker

Florence, MA

#129 Nov 20, 2012
I think we should have a union...the higher ups at SEW seem to be getting away with a lot..when was the last time we had a raise? What happened to our insurance reimbursement? Where is all this money going? It sure isn't going to us workers, we are not appreciated...
Over and Out

Lancaster, NY

#130 Nov 20, 2012
worker wrote:
I think we should have a union...the higher ups at SEW seem to be getting away with a lot..when was the last time we had a raise? What happened to our insurance reimbursement? Where is all this money going? It sure isn't going to us workers, we are not appreciated...
Yeah thats what is needed someone to look out for your best interests. As you well know management don't care about you. I think one of the local human service agencys has a union look into it. I think its Aspire. But once again if you talk nothing will get done. Thats what is sad about the average Southeast employee there always afraid of whats around the corner.
Back in Time

Buffalo, NY

#131 Nov 21, 2012
I have been following this blog from time to time and I can't understand why you haven't unionized by now. Everyone moans and wines about the conditions at Southeast Works. Let me tell you a little story about my childhood. When I was 11yrs old my father came home in one of his drunken rages he threatend my mother with his gun. I too had a gun (BBgun) my father had his 45cal no comparison. Upon these threats taking place I raced upstairs to my bedroom to get my BBgun. My action diffused the situation. My father realized that I was going to stand up to him and not allow him to bully or threaten. My father with that he realized the seriousness of his potential action. Needless to say everything turned out OK that day. I know this is a extreme case. Like my story you workers can stand up to your bully management by forming or finding a union such as the one Aspire has. Then you can have the representation you need.
BAKER

Kansas City, MO

#132 Nov 21, 2012
Back in Time wrote:
I have been following this blog from time to time and I can't understand why you haven't unionized by now. Everyone moans and wines about the conditions at Southeast Works. Let me tell you a little story about my childhood. When I was 11yrs old my father came home in one of his drunken rages he threatend my mother with his gun. I too had a gun (BBgun) my father had his 45cal no comparison. Upon these threats taking place I raced upstairs to my bedroom to get my BBgun. My action diffused the situation. My father realized that I was going to stand up to him and not allow him to bully or threaten. My father with that he realized the seriousness of his potential action. Needless to say everything turned out OK that day. I know this is a extreme case. Like my story you workers can stand up to your bully management by forming or finding a union such as the one Aspire has. Then you can have the representation you need.
YEP! Just ask the Hostess Bakers how their union standing up to their big, bad, bully employers worked out for them!

STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES AND THEN STAND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE WITH PRIDE!
Buffalo

East Amherst, NY

#133 Nov 21, 2012
BAKER wrote:
<quoted text>YEP! Just ask the Hostess Bakers how their union standing up to their big, bad, bully employers worked out for them!
STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES AND THEN STAND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE WITH PRIDE!
Who cares? You know what would happen? Sew would not be able to afford a union house, the agency would turn over to a union agency, like aspire, and there would be no more sew. We take care of human beings, not twinkies!
The good the bad the ugly

Lancaster, NY

#134 Nov 21, 2012
Some unions are good some are not so good. In the begining they were great but greed and wanting more took over. Ask any retired autoworker the unions were great for them. What that union did was bankrupt the auto industry now look at your current guys starting out in the auto industry low wages cut benefits etc. It sucks for them.
Buffalo

East Amherst, NY

#135 Nov 21, 2012
Some of what you say is true but sew needs a union to protect us, te staff, from management. Do you think they could just tell people to leave with no valid reason, except for we are a hire at will agency? I had that drilled in my head. What happened to Richard was wrong and he can't afford to sue them. We should start a RJP fund and invite the union on the property. They can't stop us. I'm leaving anyway and I will contact them on Monday. I don't care about this place anymore
The good the bad the ugly

Lancaster, NY

#136 Nov 21, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
Some of what you say is true but sew needs a union to protect us, te staff, from management. Do you think they could just tell people to leave with no valid reason, except for we are a hire at will agency? I had that drilled in my head. What happened to Richard was wrong and he can't afford to sue them. We should start a RJP fund and invite the union on the property. They can't stop us. I'm leaving anyway and I will contact them on Monday. I don't care about this place anymore
Your one of the smart ones at least you know when you've had enough of the bull. I think most former employees don't have many positive things to say about the place in relation to management. I wish you well. Towards my end I couldn't stand it anymore a boss who was a total wuss. He even told me he has the reputation of being a wuss. WOW!!!
Connie

Buffalo, NY

#137 Nov 22, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
Some of what you say is true but sew needs a union to protect us, te staff, from management. Do you think they could just tell people to leave with no valid reason, except for we are a hire at will agency? I had that drilled in my head. What happened to Richard was wrong and he can't afford to sue them. We should start a RJP fund and invite the union on the property. They can't stop us. I'm leaving anyway and I will contact them on Monday. I don't care about this place anymore
I've been following this thread and am interested to know what union you contact. I'm from People Inc. and would like to do the same for our agency. We haven't had a raise in over 7 years while the director made over 400,000 dollars last year.
Another SEW grunt

Lancaster, NY

#138 Nov 22, 2012
Connie wrote:
<quoted text>I've been following this thread and am interested to know what union you contact. I'm from People Inc. and would like to do the same for our agency. We haven't had a raise in over 7 years while the director made over 400,000 dollars last year.
The biggest irony that I see is not the income gap between Senior Management and Direct Care. It is the growning income gap between Direct Care and our Program Participants (Consumers, Clients, Residents, etc). The average person on Medicaid Waiver takes in a larger SSI check than the average direct care staffer. They also get food assistance and what I see to be a "cadillac" health plan...not to mention access to very expensive day programs with no financial obligation.

"There, but for the grace of god, go I". I count my blessings and I am not calling to take away anything from this population but I do find it ironic that, as direct care workers, we cannot maintain the same lifestyle that our residents have on the salaries provided to us.

Alas, we are just the hired help.
The good the bad the ugly

Lancaster, NY

#139 Nov 22, 2012
Connie wrote:
<quoted text>I've been following this thread and am interested to know what union you contact. I'm from People Inc. and would like to do the same for our agency. We haven't had a raise in over 7 years while the director made over 400,000 dollars last year.
Yeah, you may want to contact aspire they are the only human service agency in this area that has one that I know of. Jim Boles makes a ton of money for what he does I know they are a large agency but still that kind of money. No raise for 7 years come on thats pathetic People Inc your direct care staff are the life blood of your agency. I used to laugh when Southeast would give a 3% raise in my case that was .22 cents per hour.
LONG AGO

Lancaster, NY

#140 Nov 22, 2012
Another SEW grunt wrote:
<quoted text>
The biggest irony that I see is not the income gap between Senior Management and Direct Care. It is the growning income gap between Direct Care and our Program Participants (Consumers, Clients, Residents, etc). The average person on Medicaid Waiver takes in a larger SSI check than the average direct care staffer. They also get food assistance and what I see to be a "cadillac" health plan...not to mention access to very expensive day programs with no financial obligation.
"There, but for the grace of god, go I". I count my blessings and I am not calling to take away anything from this population but I do find it ironic that, as direct care workers, we cannot maintain the same lifestyle that our residents have on the salaries provided to us.
Alas, we are just the hired help.
When I WORKED AT Southeast works sometime ago it was kind of sad that I supervised people on the NYS Thruway Toll cleaning contract they were making about a dollar more an hour than I was. They made 11 dollars per hour roughly. I was responsible to make sure things were done right. Rather than argue with the participants that didn't do there job correctly. I would just do the work myself or do it over as there were time constraints at each toll ( They would still get paid) if you pushed the issue about not doing the job correctly with the participants you the supervisor could be charged with abuse. It is a great system for the participants do a half cooked job and still get paid. I once asked a NYS Truway authority Supervisor why do you have these Southeast clean your tolls? Supervisors response "Its for the PUBLICITY".
LONG AGO

Lancaster, NY

#141 Nov 22, 2012
Another SEW grunt wrote:
<quoted text>
The biggest irony that I see is not the income gap between Senior Management and Direct Care. It is the growning income gap between Direct Care and our Program Participants (Consumers, Clients, Residents, etc). The average person on Medicaid Waiver takes in a larger SSI check than the average direct care staffer. They also get food assistance and what I see to be a "cadillac" health plan...not to mention access to very expensive day programs with no financial obligation.
"There, but for the grace of god, go I". I count my blessings and I am not calling to take away anything from this population but I do find it ironic that, as direct care workers, we cannot maintain the same lifestyle that our residents have on the salaries provided to us.
Alas, we are just the hired help.
You are exactly right the participants get everything. I do understand they have needs. Some of these participants live on there own. They have there Rent paid for by SSD/SSIor Belmont they get food stamps medicaid Heap for the heating bill in winter. Why would any of these participants want to come off the entitlement programs the ones that are capable of doing more for themselves. Your average person has to go to work to survive they are under no obligation to do so. Thats why the whole system needs an overhaul.
Buffalo

East Amherst, NY

#142 Nov 23, 2012
That is not the fault of consumers or management. Definitely the whole state needs overhauling.
LONG AGO

Lancaster, NY

#143 Nov 23, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
That is not the fault of consumers or management. Definitely the whole state needs overhauling.
Agreed but if you look at the whole picture the participants get away with too much. There not held to any standard while at work from what I have seen.
Buffalo

East Amherst, NY

#144 Nov 30, 2012
3weeks until judgement day! Literally management plays god with employees and their emotions. I'm almost done yeah
GOING AWAY

Buffalo, NY

#145 Dec 1, 2012
Onto the next life for me. Listening to the Doors song THE END.
not telling

Hamburg, NY

#146 Dec 4, 2012
So the higher ups are saying that most of us wont be getting anything this year!!!!! Bull right but they are going to spend the cash on snacks and desserts so we can welcome him to SEW and also pizza for us on the 21first bull take that cash and give us a bonus. You know at some point later on they will be asking us to give them cash for some basket or something like that HHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLL NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!! I think every one should say the same thing
worker

Ilion, NY

#147 Dec 5, 2012
Who is the new director? I hope they did a background check...SEW doesn't know how to treat their employees that's for sure..I am almost ready to quit & find a better agency to work for...
GET IT TO IT

Buffalo, NY

#148 Dec 5, 2012
The new director is Tim Foel he came from community services of Buffalo he's not from out of town. As you know the Board at Southeast is such a bunch of dipshits thats why a outside consulting firm was needed to help in there search for the new ED. I don't think Mr Foel is on the run for any crimes against society or another human service agency.

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