In Connecticut some SEIU nursing home employees went on strike, which is bad enough. But first they committed a number of acts of sabotage against the nursing home and the patients.
HealthBridge claims that before walking out on July 3, SEIU District 1199 employees committed “multiple illegal and dangerous acts against Center residents.”
The alleged incidents would make your grandmother cringe — and if she lived in one of the facilities, they could have made her die or at least suffer. The director of the facility in Newington, Conn., told police that “the name tags on the patients’ doors for the Alzheimer’s ward were mixed up. The photos attached to the medical records for these patients were removed, further complicating, but not making impossible, the identification of the patients. Also, dietary blue stickers affixed to the door name tags were removed.” Some medical equipment also went missing.
In Danbury, the police report states that “the incidents ranged from clean linens being thrown on the floor to more serious incidents whereby patients’ identification wrist bands were removed as well as patient identifiers on room doors and wheel chairs.” In Stamford, the glass door on an industrial washing machine was shattered.
You’ll never guess who the Democrat governor is mad at. It’s not the workers who committed these crimes. No, he’s mad at the company.
“These types of tactics are unacceptable,” said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. “They negatively impact the lives of the residents who live in these nursing homes and the residents’ families because the continuum of care gets interrupted.” But Malloy wasn’t referring to the alleged sabotage. He was referring to HealthBridge’s negotiating tactics that had prompted the union to strike. HealthBridge had implemented its “last, best and final” offer to the union after 35 bargaining sessions and almost 17 months of negotiations. The company froze pensions and increased employee health insurance contributions, but promised to increase workers’ pay by 17 percent over six years.
Read the whole thing. If you think this is an isolated incident you’d be wrong.