Nursing Facility Strike Might Affect Homes

Full story: Hartford Courant

More than 800 nursing home workers could walk off their jobs next week as union leaders plan a possible three-day strike at eight homes across the state.

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The Raven

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May all striking 1199 members lose their jobs. They should be lucky they have jobs at all.

1199 is nothing more than occupational terrorism. No wonder the homes in receivership or on the verge of bankruptcy are 1199 homes.

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May The Raven never find out what it's like to lose his or her job. Even though it would probably do them some good. Some things decent human beings don't wish on each other.
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There are thousands of unemployed people out there right now drooling over your cushy job.

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Irony. When President Obama announced yesterday, that healthcare will be making concessions and cuts to save trillions over the next decade, I guess the unions won't be involved.
JasonD

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Be Careful,
I think that's the first time I've ever heard of nursing home jobs being called "cushy". It's hard, and not always pleasant work.

Also, where's the balanced reporting here? No comments from the workers or their union. Despite the fact that there's coverage from Rell and the nursing homes.
Dan R

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Two Good Hands wrote:
May The Raven never find out what it's like to lose his or her job. Even though it would probably do them some good. Some things decent human beings don't wish on each other.
I wish that upon anyone in these times that has a job and refuses to do it, especially in this case, because they feel something more is due to them. This would be like a Doctor sitting in the ER and reading a newspaper while a bus full of victims are brought to him for help and he wants more money because its more victims then he should be treating at once. Unions have to much power.
Judy K

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To all who comment on opposing the strike...
Tell me, how many hours a week do YOU volunteer to help the sick and the elderly?
I'll bet thats a NONE. Well, as much as I love who I work with and work for, it is A JOB, caring for patients is MY JOB. I am an employee of a healthcare BUSINESS and my job is caring for the elderly. When I do my JOB I hold my patients in the highest regard and respect them all very much. The company that employs me has made it very clear we are to refer to my "frail and elderly patients" as CUSTOMERS. So folks...if you call me EVIL for standing up and protecting my benefits, then don't forget to refer to the company I work for as THE DEVIL.
The Raven

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Judy K wrote:
To all who comment on opposing the strike...
Tell me, how many hours a week do YOU volunteer to help the sick and the elderly?
I'll bet thats a NONE. Well, as much as I love who I work with and work for, it is A JOB, caring for patients is MY JOB. I am an employee of a healthcare BUSINESS and my job is caring for the elderly. When I do my JOB I hold my patients in the highest regard and respect them all very much. The company that employs me has made it very clear we are to refer to my "frail and elderly patients" as CUSTOMERS. So folks...if you call me EVIL for standing up and protecting my benefits, then don't forget to refer to the company I work for as THE DEVIL.
Take your meds.
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Hey, Raven, lighten up.
Healthcare workers have every
right to strike, just like any other workers, when they are being overworked and underpaid. Remember the sleazy nursing home corporation that spent its squeezed-out profits on owning
racehorses, for crying out loud, instead of paying decent wages to the workers, or spending more on the patients.

Judy K

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Raven,

Stick to what you know, which apparently isn't much at all. With exception to name calling and harsh wishes, do you have anything useful to comment or debate here?

Tell me Raven, DO YOU WORK in a SNF?
Doc Fairfield

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As a provider of health care to many different people over the years, in many different facilities both acute and chronic care, I felt the need to put in my two cents here. Those of you that are quick to throw the staff/union workers under the bus I am sure have never either worked in their environment or been a patient in a facility. The nursing and clinical staff of these institutions are what make them work. The administrators do nothing more than push papers and try to get these places to run on fumes. They want the bare minimum in staffing to care for very sick patients. Well, to get quality staff you have to give benefits. You may not offer new benefits to people in this day and age, but you certainly don't take away things either. Look at what is going on in the airline industry. Planes are crashing, people are dying because there are second rate pilots flying them. I don't want second rate clinical staff of any kind taking care of me when I'm sick. These people are important to our health and economy. If you put in second rate workers than that leads to longer and potentially more complicated admissions that will suck the system dry financially and increase health care spending. You need efficient, well trained people. If you have them you treat them with respect and don't let them go over minute details. Trust me, the health care worker sacrifices enough. The administration of all these agencies, insurance companies, hospitals etc..are the ones who make all the $$ and sacrifice nothing.
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juanita wrote:
Hey, Raven, lighten up.
Healthcare workers have every
right to strike, just like any other workers, when they are being overworked and underpaid. Remember the sleazy nursing home corporation that spent its squeezed-out profits on owning
racehorses, for crying out loud, instead of paying decent wages to the workers, or spending more on the patients.
Pulleeezzz. Those 1199 workers are bottom of the barrel regulation scumbags. I used to do payroll for a company that had 1199 workers and they were pigs who mistreated our clients. I hope they DO all lose their jobs.
Judy K

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WTF wrote:
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Pulleeezzz. Those 1199 workers are bottom of the barrel regulation scumbags. I used to do payroll for a company that had 1199 workers and they were pigs who mistreated our clients. I hope they DO all lose their jobs.
I think those readers here, with higher than an elementary education, can see this writer's comment is as about as insightful and accurate as her "name." And this person is calling 1199 workers pigs?
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WTF- I agree with you 100%. I used to work in a union home as a LPN and I was forced into the union. I left because I couldn't stomach the thought of being associated with some of the lowest common denominators out there. The union would defend some of the worst human beings known to man for the sole reason they lined the corrupt union boss' pockets with their dues. These people would mistreat the patients and if you came forward to report them they would threaten your family and damage you car. It is really sad that unions like 1199 are allowed to exist. It is nothing more than legalized extorsion, mistreatment, blackmail and oppression. No wonder the bankrupt homes are 1199... nobody wants to send their loved ones to be cared for by those dregs of society.
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take the educational employees with you when you walk....

WHO NEEDS A JOB ANYWAY, RIGHT?
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Tellinlikeitis wrote:
WTF- I agree with you 100%. I used to work in a union home as a LPN and I was forced into the union. I left because I couldn't stomach the thought of being associated with some of the lowest common denominators out there. The union would defend some of the worst human beings known to man for the sole reason they lined the corrupt union boss' pockets with their dues. These people would mistreat the patients and if you came forward to report them they would threaten your family and damage you car. It is really sad that unions like 1199 are allowed to exist. It is nothing more than legalized extorsion, mistreatment, blackmail and oppression. No wonder the bankrupt homes are 1199... nobody wants to send their loved ones to be cared for by those dregs of society.
like i said..take the educational employees with you when you walk!

SAME OL STUFF...different venue!
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Some of these comments seem pretty judgmental and narrow-minded. Most caregivers in long term care settings, whether unionized or not, are hard-working people with good hearts, incredible resilience and extreme dedication, and many will never be paid what they are worth because of insufficient reimbursements for care. But most are in it for the other rewards...the kind that money can't buy, and that only they and their residents will ever understand. Like any other profession, there are some bad apples, but there are far too many good ones to generalize and lump them all together just because they are in the same union.
Judy K LPN

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22yrsLTC wrote:
Some of these comments seem pretty judgmental and narrow-minded. Most caregivers in long term care settings, whether unionized or not, are hard-working people with good hearts, incredible resilience and extreme dedication, and many will never be paid what they are worth because of insufficient reimbursements for care. But most are in it for the other rewards...the kind that money can't buy, and that only they and their residents will ever understand. Like any other profession, there are some bad apples, but there are far too many good ones to generalize and lump them all together just because they are in the same union.
Thank you "22 years," you're right. There are MAJOR generalizations being made here by many people not even in the business of healthcare or who have worked in a SNF facility. There are plenty of NON-1199 facilities out there. I have worked my fair share of them. I can tell you the management of ALL of them is essentially the same. The all-mighty dollar is their bottom line and these companies do anything and everything to make sure they make their profit. YES, it IS a business...but, on the inside you can see the tremendous corners being cut, leaving staff to do whatever they can to give their patients quality care as well as keeping themselves within state guidelines, limits and laws. This holds true to NON-1199 homes as well. The only reason you SEE and HEAR of 1199 workers and their issues is becasue they ARE a union and make the headlines when contracts come due. Believe me, everyone out there who is reading this...non-union home workers deal with the same bureaucratic B.S. from management as any 1199 facility, but often you don't hear of their plight, because they have no voice! They may try to fight back, try to make their workplace safer and better for the patient and you can bet they feel the wrath of management upon them when they do. Also, there are poor caregivers everywhere you go. As far as the 1199 homes having a bad reputation...I will tell you complete truth, the facility which I work has one of THE BEST reputations in CT and THAT is only possible BECAUSE of it's staff... whom approximately 90% have been employed at the facility for more than 10 years. They are the most dedicated group of people I have ever seen in a SNF environment. People really should STOP blanket stating everything. If you really have no idea how the system works and don't have anything more than simple-minded generalizations to offer, then stay out of the commentary.
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I started working in the home health care industry and am shocked at the clients I have picked up who were employing elsewhere and being neglected and lied to...one was stolen from........The entire industry (in the field and in the homes) needs an adjustment
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I am sorry, it is pretty safe to say that SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED....across the board.

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