Union Calls Off Nursing Home Strike

Union Calls Off Nursing Home Strike

There are 21 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 20, 2009, titled Union Calls Off Nursing Home Strike. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Responding to a request from legislative leaders, Connecticut's largest union of health care workers said Tuesday that it is withdrawing its notices to strike at eight nursing homes.

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The Raven

Chester, CT

#1 May 20, 2009
1199 is nothing more than occupational terrorism. I was hoping those guerrillas would go on strike and get replaced by normal people thankful to have jobs at all. Down with 1199!
Stop Whining

Bayville, NY

#2 May 20, 2009
I am tired of nurses complaining about how hard they have to work and how understaffed they are. I have been to a few nursing homes to visit and it is the CNAs that do all the hard thankless worse. It is the CNAs the patients all know by name and have contact with. The nurses have become mostly lazy and sit behind the counter. I used to have a lot of respect for the nursing profession but having witnessed a lot of laziness by nurses in recent years in nursing home, my respect is a lot less. I don't feel the same way about ICU nurses. They are the last hold outs on a once respectable professing. Nursing homoe nurses need to get off of their duffs and stop whining so much.
CT Taxpayer

United States

#3 May 20, 2009
The Raven wrote:
1199 is nothing more than occupational terrorism. I was hoping those guerrillas would go on strike and get replaced by normal people thankful to have jobs at all. Down with 1199!
HAHAHAHA workers having power scares everyone. occupational terrorism? hahahhaa yeah it would be scary to CEO's and all the other people who profit from sick and elderly people to have to pay a decent wage with benefits to the workers who take care of the most vulnerable people in society. So i am guessing you "raven" are either a scared boss who has witnesses what the Union is, someone who profits from old dying people, or a racist who calls these workers guerrillas because most are black and latino and or immigrant?
UP WITH THE UNION!! UP WITH 1199
Truth

Glastonbury, CT

#4 May 20, 2009
CT Taxpayer wrote:
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HAHAHAHA workers having power scares everyone. occupational terrorism? hahahhaa yeah it would be scary to CEO's and all the other people who profit from sick and elderly people to have to pay a decent wage with benefits to the workers who take care of the most vulnerable people in society. So i am guessing you "raven" are either a scared boss who has witnesses what the Union is, someone who profits from old dying people, or a racist who calls these workers guerrillas because most are black and latino and or immigrant?
UP WITH THE UNION!! UP WITH 1199
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Raven's post was by no means racist...An educated competent person would have noticed his/her use of the appropriate term "guerilla," although most would agree the second and third definitions of "gorilla" would fit some 1199 members as well.

I am not a CEO or owner. I am someone who knows the industry and has seen firsthand members mistreat residents, sleep on the job, refuse assignments leaving frail elders wet and soiled and harass coworkers. 1199 members (not all... those forced into unionizing because they were threatened or intimidated are usually pretty good, they just fear for their safety so they stay quiet) feel invincible, even though they are far from it, and many do not care about their patients. 1199's "me first" mentality in this economy speaks volumes of their character and make-up.

"Be fair to those who care" is their motto, and it is a joke. The only think they care about is themselves, and wouldn't for a moment hesitate to abandon the elderly and infirmed needing their help. 1199 IS occupational terrorism and someone needs to stop them.
The Raven

Chester, CT

#5 May 20, 2009
CT Taxpayer wrote:
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HAHAHAHA workers having power scares everyone. occupational terrorism? hahahhaa yeah it would be scary to CEO's and all the other people who profit from sick and elderly people to have to pay a decent wage with benefits to the workers who take care of the most vulnerable people in society. So i am guessing you "raven" are either a scared boss who has witnesses what the Union is, someone who profits from old dying people, or a racist who calls these workers guerrillas because most are black and latino and or immigrant?
UP WITH THE UNION!! UP WITH 1199
Thanks Truth. CT Taxpayer- please move to another state. Your union's crimes against Connecticut's elderly far outweighs your tax contribution.
Union Mentality

Canterbury, CT

#6 May 22, 2009
CT Taxpayer wrote:
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HAHAHAHA workers having power scares everyone. occupational terrorism? hahahhaa yeah it would be scary to CEO's and all the other people who profit from sick and elderly people to have to pay a decent wage with benefits to the workers who take care of the most vulnerable people in society. So i am guessing you "raven" are either a scared boss who has witnesses what the Union is, someone who profits from old dying people, or a racist who calls these workers guerrillas because most are black and latino and or immigrant?
UP WITH THE UNION!! UP WITH 1199
Oh my goodness. This is typical union mentality; especially from an 1199 member. Read the papers and spread sheets from nursing homes. How much "profit" do you think there is? With the current reimbursement system from the State, this is NOT a lucrative business anymore. Why do you think so many nursing homes are closing and/or in receivership? Is that what 1199 members want?
Union workers (1199) want more, more, more regardless how it will affect the vulnerable and elderly. The same population you claim to care so much about. The only person you care about is yourself.
ruoy diputs

Warren, NJ

#7 May 22, 2009
Fire all the scum union people. Get people who want to work.
Vic

Stafford Springs, CT

#8 May 22, 2009
The only reason they called off the strike was because they knew replacement workers would be easy to find and they would be out of jobs.
Common Sense

Simsbury, CT

#9 May 22, 2009
Unions - Protectors of the unproductive and mediocre everywhere.
fenster

Simsbury, CT

#10 May 23, 2009
historically. unions lay low during very bad economic times. there is too much risk of losing jobs, even poorly paid jobs. you will not see strikes until the economy begins to recover. that may not happen for a long while. this downturn is a very basic fundamental collapse and cannot be fixed for a many many months
jim k

Salisbury, NC

#11 May 25, 2009
let them go on strike and then fire them for being no-shows.
GOD

New York, NY

#12 May 25, 2009
Im sure they could replace them tomorrow.Not a chance people aint lining up for these jobs,i hope they get everything they want. GOD has spoken.
GOD

New York, NY

#13 May 25, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Unions - Protectors of the unproductive and mediocre everywhere.
Is there a Ceo union.GOD has spoken.

“US Elects Fake”

Since: Aug 07

East of the River

#14 May 25, 2009
Stop Whining wrote:
I am tired of nurses complaining about how hard they have to work and how understaffed they are.
It was a couple of years ago maybe, the 1199'ers were picketing somewhere, forgot. Not important. Judging from the width of some of these alleged "workers", I'd say being overworked is not their primary problem. Unless shoving snack cakes and soda down there gullets is included in their job descriptions.

So I supposed it's possible that they are indeed understaffed if 1/2 of them spend 1/2 their time eating.
wil

Avon, CT

#15 May 25, 2009
Stop Whining wrote:
I am tired of nurses complaining about how hard they have to work and how understaffed they are. I have been to a few nursing homes to visit and it is the CNAs that do all the hard thankless worse. It is the CNAs the patients all know by name and have contact with. The nurses have become mostly lazy and sit behind the counter. I used to have a lot of respect for the nursing profession but having witnessed a lot of laziness by nurses in recent years in nursing home, my respect is a lot less. I don't feel the same way about ICU nurses. They are the last hold outs on a once respectable professing. Nursing homoe nurses need to get off of their duffs and stop whining so much.
Wow you are clueless! I am not saying I support the strike, or even unions at all. I am just saying you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to nurses and aides. There is a reason aides and nurses do different things, and a lot of nurses help out the aides when they can. The nurses have A LOT of responsibility and their necks are on the line as far as meds and treatments and procedures.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#16 May 25, 2009
Please keep these union scum away. UAW scum have already killed two auto giants and 3 airlines.
Truth Lies

Wallingford, CT

#17 May 27, 2009
Truth states "I am not a CEO or owner. I am someone who knows the industry and has seen firsthand members mistreat residents, sleep on the job, refuse assignments leaving frail elders wet and soiled and harass coworkers." If you believe this guys statement you are a buffoon. Anyone who has the audacity to spew such horse manure is unquestionably a liar. First they use the word members which presumes that all caregivers are union. Total B.S., most caregivers are not unionized. Secondly, most care givers work their tails off, this writer has obviously not been exposed to a large expansive number of nursing homes or he would not even think of making such absurd remarks. Or the guy does five minute fly-by assessments. Those types are the cream of arrogant as ses! HIs statement "... harass co-workers...", implies that most facilities have both union and non-union workers in abundannce and the Union members spend their time harassing the non-union. What a crock, what a jerk.

I have been monitoring patients in over 40 different nursing homes throughout Connecticut for over five years and Truth's remarks are the most vile and absurd factless crraap imagineable. I assure you the vast majority of care givers earn every cent of their pay. There are plenty of poorly operated homes and some individual ones are poorly staffed and managed. These need housecleaning of their administrators and the owners of these need to be put on a watch list.

Truth does not have a clue! Also anyone who thinks there are loads of good hardworking people waiting to take these jobs is also full of bile. Few will last more than four months. No-one without overwhelming compassion would work under the conditions folks are exposed to for very long. The State of Connecticut
is a major reason for these homes being in the mess they are. Poor funding, lack of adequate oversite of wasteful funding and no adjustment to minimum state required staffing levels in over 20 years are more responsible for their mess. PS: Truth, when did the State last authorize a COLA for these folks and when was the last one before that? Shut your trap jerk, you know squat!!! PS2: I am not too fond of the Unions myself, but know this industry needs them more than most!!!
The Raven

Chester, CT

#18 May 27, 2009
Truth Lies wrote:
I have been monitoring patients in over 40 different nursing homes throughout Connecticut for over five years and Truth's remarks are the most vile and absurd factless crraap imagineable.
"Truth Lies" must work for the CT DPH. Ironically (but not surprisingly based on their fervent opposition to "Truth's" Truths) DPH surveyors are represented by SEIU- Pretty sickening, huh.

Truth did not criticize the thousands of caregivers giving their blood, sweat and tears to their jobs every day... he/she just states what many of us familiar with the business know: 1199 is not in it for the sick and frail elderly. They are in it for themselves. It is not a coincidence that homes in receivership or bankruptcy are 1199. It is economic terrorism at its worst.
Get Real

Granby, CT

#19 May 27, 2009
The Raven wrote:
1199 is nothing more than occupational terrorism. I was hoping those guerrillas would go on strike and get replaced by normal people thankful to have jobs at all. Down with 1199!
Anyone stupid enough to go on strike during this economic downturn, deserves to lose their job.
Would love to see the demise of 1199.
Truth

Glastonbury, CT

#20 May 27, 2009
Truth Lies wrote:
Truth states "I am not a CEO or owner. I am someone who knows the industry and has seen firsthand members mistreat residents, sleep on the job, refuse assignments leaving frail elders wet and soiled and harass coworkers." If you believe this guys statement you are a buffoon. Anyone who has the audacity to spew such horse manure is unquestionably a liar. First they use the word members which presumes that all caregivers are union. Total B.S., most caregivers are not unionized. Secondly, most care givers work their tails off, this writer has obviously not been exposed to a large expansive number of nursing homes or he would not even think of making such absurd remarks. Or the guy does five minute fly-by assessments. Those types are the cream of arrogant as ses! HIs statement "... harass co-workers...", implies that most facilities have both union and non-union workers in abundannce and the Union members spend their time harassing the non-union. What a crock, what a jerk.
I have been monitoring patients in over 40 different nursing homes throughout Connecticut for over five years and Truth's remarks are the most vile and absurd factless crraap imagineable. I assure you the vast majority of care givers earn every cent of their pay. There are plenty of poorly operated homes and some individual ones are poorly staffed and managed. These need housecleaning of their administrators and the owners of these need to be put on a watch list.
Truth does not have a clue! Also anyone who thinks there are loads of good hardworking people waiting to take these jobs is also full of bile. Few will last more than four months. No-one without overwhelming compassion would work under the conditions folks are exposed to for very long. The State of Connecticut
is a major reason for these homes being in the mess they are. Poor funding, lack of adequate oversite of wasteful funding and no adjustment to minimum state required staffing levels in over 20 years are more responsible for their mess. PS: Truth, when did the State last authorize a COLA for these folks and when was the last one before that? Shut your trap jerk, you know squat!!! PS2: I am not too fond of the Unions myself, but know this industry needs them more than most!!!
I've never seen more conflicting, moronic statements in one post in my life. By the number of people judging your thoughts as trash, I'm obviously not alone.

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