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Caregivers and community to protest proposed cuts in staff hours at Star of Davi
24 Jun 2002
Candidates for governor invited to show support for workers and help pressure management to improve quality of care for residents
West Roxbury, MA Management at the Star of David nursing home has proposed cutting staff hours from 40 to 37.5. Caregivers say that the reduction in hours will impair communications between staff about the health status of residents when shifts change.

"With 40 hours, our shifts overlap so we can share information about our residents that won't be on the chart," said Wesner Simplice, a CNA at Star of David. "If they cut our hours, the residents will suffer."

Star of David is owned by Kindred Healthcare, (formally Vencor) the largest nursing home operator in Massachusetts, with more than 20 homes in the Boston metropolitan area. Nationally, the company owns and manages about 300 skilled nursing centers in 32 states. Kindred has cut staff hours in many of its other homes.

Caregivers and other employees at Star of David formed a union with SEIU Local 285 last year because of concerns about staffing and the quality of care. After months of negotiations, no agreement has been reached to make long overdue improvements for the home's workers.

Last week, nineteen community leaders requested a meeting with Star of David's Administrator to discuss their concerns. Signers of the letter include leaders from Mass. Senior Action Council, the Haitian Coalition, St. Angela's Church, the Association of Haitian Women, and the Haitian Public Health Institute.

"We're hoping that Tuesday's rally will focus family members' and the public's attention on the need for management to make improvements at Star of David, said Joe Marseille, a CNA who has worked at Star of David for 14 years.

Caregivers' Support Rally
June 25, 2 - 4 p.m.
Star of David
1100 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury
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