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Star of David caregivers hold one-day strike to stop cuts in staff hours (english)
24 Feb 2003
Modified: 30 Mar 2003
Joined by other Boston-area nursing home workers and community supporters at afternoon rally
Joined by other Boston-area nursing home workers and community supporters at afternoon rally
West Roxbury -- Caregivers at the Star of David nursing home held a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 19 to pressure management to make improvements in their pay and conditions, and reverse its decision to cut staff hours from 40 to 37 ˝.

Star of David is owned by Kindred Healthcare, the largest nursing home operator in Massachusetts. While Kindred has cut staff hours in many of its homes, it has signed union contracts which preserved the 40 hour week and provided decent pay raises for SEIU members at four of its Massachusetts homes. Star of David workers are looking for comparable terms.

"Kindred is putting profits ahead of the quality of care and fair treatment for the people who provide it,” said Wesner Simplice, a 17-year CNA. "All we want is the same deal that other unionized Kindred nursing homes workers already got."

During the day, caregivers from Coolidge House, Courtyard, Benjamin and other nursing homes came out to join the Star of David workers on the picket line.

An afternoon support rally Carole Elias, a CNA at Coolidge House told the striking workers, “Sticking together gives us the power to make a difference. That’s what our union is all about.”

The rally was attended by State Representative Mike Rush, Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Bob Haynes, Boston Central Labor Council VP Barbara Service, and Dick Monks from the Area Trades Council. Many janitors – members of SEIU Local 254 – who had recently been on strike also attended the rally.

Tiffany Skogstrom from Jobs with Justice read a letter signed by 20 community leaders (including Boston city councilors Arroyo, Flaherty, and Turner) expressing concern about the impact of the cut in hours on the quality of care. Other signers included leaders from Mass. Senior Action Council, the Association of Haitian Women, the Haitian Multi Service Center, Centro Presente, Hillel Bnai Torah, the Commonwealth Coalition, the Haitian-American Public Health Alliance, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods.

Copies of support letters from elected officials and community groups and a background chronology of caregivers’ struggle to win dignity and respect at Star of David are available from Rand Wilson (617) 989-8039.
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Vencor prior to Kindred - change to protect.. (english)
28 Feb 2003

In case the name change related to Kindred is not widly known (Vencor)...

Dr, Wynne, Do you know of any efforts to prevent nursing care facilities from simply changing their names and continuing business?

What can be done regarding Kindred in Jamaica Plain, MA? Anyone with a loved one should know the history, and of course issues of nurse assistants (same for pre-kindergarten teachers and other) who hardly get their concerns presented by corporate media as others with various concerns do such as elementary school teachers and nurses.

Date: Monday, November 05, 2001 11:22 AM

Subject: Fw: Changing the Name to Protect the Guilty
Monday, November 05, 2002

Hi Dr. Wynne,

I wanted to thank you for an informative note of yours
regarding Vencor. I had seen that Kindred was connected with them.

I had a telling experience when I checked the care inspection record for Woodlawn nursing in Everett, MA and found many violations from previous inspections. I wrote to inquire about these, to see if resolved, but I never heard back. I guess that is a form of answer.

It clearly should not be that easy to change the name withoput disclosing....
Lost some hours, did ya? (english)
30 Mar 2003
While silicon Valley is laying off thousands, Bush makes multi-billion dollar (taxpayer financed) contracts with high tech companies in the Zionist crusader state. while high tech workers loose their jobs, move to the poor sections of town and break up the kids from thier frinds, others would like for the drain of Zionist agressions against palestine to not affect thier "I deserve better treatment" delusions. We are all worse off because before 911, every time a Zionist crusader gunned down a Palestinian, the Democrat and Republican whores were buying the Zionist vote with the blood of palestinian victims of Zionist obsesions by refilling the gun. Tell a lie long enough, and Zionists will think they have a "right" to murder palestinians for land. In a land that promisses freedom of religion, why are American taxes being used to subsidize your god's promise to your god's chosen murderous, thieving religious fanatics? Votes is the answer. You piss on the constitution for profit.