Nursing Home Workers Could Begin Stri...

Nursing Home Workers Could Begin Strike Wednesday

There are 14 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 19, 2009, titled Nursing Home Workers Could Begin Strike Wednesday. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

More than 800 workers at eight Connecticut nursing homes could begin a three-day strike Wednesday following months of contract talks that have failed to produce agreements.

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Talia

Niantic, CT

#1 May 19, 2009
I didn't read the whole article but as a former nursing home social worker, I can tell you that nursing home aides, nurses, social workers and others are overworked and underpaid. Nursing homes nearly always have beautifully adorned lobbies to impress visitors, but the truth is that there's never enough staff and the staff that there is is practically worked to death. Let them strike!
Advocate

Trumbull, CT

#2 May 19, 2009
In my work I visit about twenty Nursing Homes a year, each a couple times. The workers are underpaid and earn every cent that they do get. The Nursing Homes are poorly reimbursed by the State and the Governor should be humiliated for her lack of support to this industry. It is a disgrace how seniors in this State are cared for.

By the way, Courant editors, what ever happened with the Haven Health fiasco?? Did you all ever really figure out the problem behind all that? Perhaps, you did not look into the relationships between SNF administrators and DSS. Were kickbacks going on in this industry between State DSS and the guy who ran those Haven Health organizations?? Bet you don't want to touch that one, huh???
NEs Rising Shell

Ellington, CT

#4 May 19, 2009
The cost of nursing home care in Connecticut is already 175% of the National average --$335 per day (that's $122,275 per year) vs national average of $191.
Source: http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publica...
National average on page 5, state figures start on page 12.

That's a disgrace, it's obscene, and it bankrupts families one-by-one. State aid (Medicaid) will not kick in until you've spent down virtually everything else.

Striking against nursing-home bound seniors is even a greater disgrace.

Yes it's tough work and it will always be "underpaid" but the negative economic effect of these union contracts on the welfare of families in this state -- and the state budget that pays, by far, the largest share of it, is devastating.

You can't convince me that the quality of care here is more than twice as good as in, say, Illinois. There is no data to that point. None.
NEs Rising Shell

Ellington, CT

#5 May 19, 2009
More data, this is from Connecticut state government sources:
http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp...

Click "Annual Report" for a full breakdown by facility.

If you don't have good insurance and you have assets to lose, you need to seriously consider leaving the state before you are bled dry.

Thank you to all those legislators that say "we need to spend whatever it takes to provide good care". You're succeeding. But you're not being held accountable for the absurd cost. The rest of the state is. And it's a foolish notion to think that you only get good care if you spend this much. Past Courant articles have shown it's just as bad here as everywhere else, it just costs twice as much for the same level of mediocrity.
Former Union Member

Niantic, CT

#6 May 19, 2009
Labor Union 1199 needs to look at teh homes in CT that have failed, the ones that are under financial and health care watch, and see what they all have in common. The answer, they are all 1199 unionized facilities. Years ago the union stood for a united workforce who took pride in their work and wanted to provide the best care to the residents. Today, the union attitude is leave me alone, I will do whatever I want.
Nurse

Niantic, CT

#7 May 19, 2009
How is it that Brian Foley of Apple Health Care can operate 20+ facilities in Connecticut and still make money while providing quality care to residents? The answer may be that he does not have many union facilities.
The State should consult with Mr. Foley and get things done right.
nh worker

East Freetown, MA

#8 May 19, 2009
NEs Rising Shell wrote:
The cost of nursing home care in Connecticut is already 175% of the National average --$335 per day (that's $122,275 per year) vs national average of $191.
Source: http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publica...
National average on page 5, state figures start on page 12.
That's a disgrace, it's obscene, and it bankrupts families one-by-one. State aid (Medicaid) will not kick in until you've spent down virtually everything else.
Striking against nursing-home bound seniors is even a greater disgrace.
Yes it's tough work and it will always be "underpaid" but the negative economic effect of these union contracts on the welfare of families in this state -- and the state budget that pays, by far, the largest share of it, is devastating.
You can't convince me that the quality of care here is more than twice as good as in, say, Illinois. There is no data to that point. None.
THe reason why the costs are so high in CT is because of 1199 SEIU. They have strong-armed owners and operators into agreeing to outrageous contracts. They have created this mess. The reason why these homes are at risk for strike is b/c the union is greedy. They do not care about the residents that are being cared for. Nor do they care for the union members. All they want is their union dues. They will use unlawful tactics to scare their members into not working during the strike. They will put their members and their families' lives in danger in order to get their dues. DSS should outlaw 1199 SEIU from its homes.
charlanne

Willimantic, CT

#9 May 19, 2009
these workers are the same ones that fought like heck to get paid comparable to state employees in the same position. Well, guess what state employees gave back (some may say not enough) but you should now fight to give back the same that all unionized state employees must give back..............works both ways
No Unions

Simsbury, CT

#10 May 19, 2009
Get rid of the unions!

Since: May 09

Kaysville, UT

#11 May 19, 2009
The biggest thing that State employees gave back were furlough days....think SNF employees can do that?? Do you think that the State employees would agree to having their Pension plan pulled? I don't think so. One of the biggest factors of negotiations is staffing, being told when you arrive for work that you are not needed that day..at the whim of administration. That OK with you?? Is it ok for the multitude of patients that need assist with toileting to be told that we are working "short" today and you will have to wait "just a little bit." By the time someone has gotten to attend to your needs, you more than likely have crapped your pants. That OK with you?? It's not OK with the staff that works at these facilites. It is about more than money. How Gov. Rell can not increase funding for nursing homes with the rise in costs that exist is shameful. It is easy for people who don't know the facts to criticize.
ruoy diputs

Warren, NJ

#12 May 19, 2009
Fire then all, and get people who want to work.
charlanne

Willimantic, CT

#13 May 19, 2009
don't assume that the rest of us don't know the facts...........and each job in this nation has it's many drawbacks for all hourly wage earners. Some don't have enough employees to take vacations, use their earned time or even leave their desks for lunch. The bottom line is if you don't like your job then find another one
ashame

New Britain, CT

#14 May 19, 2009
It seems that any moneys that could have been negotiated will be drained in a three day strike.
Advocate

Trumbull, CT

#15 May 19, 2009
I love the comparisons to national averages for cost of care. Anyone factor in the higher cost of living in CT? I did not think so. The wages in the nursing homes are minimal. Employee turnover, high, and care is adequate but nothing most people would want for themselves. For those of you not aware of the frequency with which patients are scheduled to receive showers per week than you probably do not have a clue what your talking about-so why bother sharing your dimwit opinions. As far as the Union homes being the ones that all folded, not any truth to that. Most of the Union homes had better reviews than their comparable non-union homes with exceptions of some with ties to religious groups who have secondary funding supporting them.

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