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Pressure builds to stop cut in staff hours
26 Jun 2002
Modified: 21 Jul 2002
Caregivers, community allies seek to stop cut in staff hours that will adversely affect quality of care at the Star of David nursing home
Caregivers, community allies seek to stop cut in staff hours that will adversely affect quality of care at the Star of David nursing home
West Roxbury, MA At a caregivers' support rally today, dozens of community and religious leaders initiated a dialogue with Star of David's management seeking to reverse a proposed cut in staff hours. A community delegation led by Jobs with Justice, presented a letter signed by leaders from Mass. Senior Action Council, the Haitian Coalition, St. Angela's Church, the Association of Haitian Women, the Haitian Public Health Institute and many other prominent individuals.

At the rally, gubernatorial candidates Warren Tolman, Shannon O'Brien, and Jill Stein, along with City Councilor John Tobin signed the support letter and committed to actively participate in an ongoing campaign to improve care at Star of David. Tolman and Stein were part of the delegation that went into the nursing home to meet with management.

Management at the Star of David nursing home is proposing to cut staff hours from 40 to 37.5. Caregivers say that the reduction in hours will impair communications between staff about the 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 for 15 years. "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.

"Today's rally helped to focus 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. "If they continue to insist on making things worse here instead of better, then we'll have to take our case to Kindred's top managers at their regional headquarters in Andover."

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Our Homes NOT nursing homes
28 Jun 2002
While I sympathize with the UNION -

People with disabilities MUST be considered viable participants of their community, home based personal care needs to be endorced, not committing people to non- inclusive segregated lives....
Cut war for Our/Nursing Home prosperity.
12 Jul 2002
IT'S TIME to put an end to the human behavior of war! Look at the lost opportunity we forgoe by allowing the natural resource profiteering of miniscule imperialistic few. We allow the profiteers of oil to spend BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MONTHLY - reeking evironmental and social devestation, so they can secure exorbinate self profit.

Meanwhile the well being of the general good is ignored. On the front page of the July 12 Detroit Free Press are reports of cut backs in Michigan child care and education pay. Occurrances such as these and the scaling back of nursing home staffs - WHY?

Reported world wide expenditure on defense falls between $1,000,000,000,000 and $1,500,000,000,000 PER YEAR; add to that the secondary costs of the diseases and social upheval spread through war. And we choose those expenditures and activities while cutting back on health care and education(!?)

Let's grow up as a human family. For in actuality the current Imperialists will be better off in a Peace economy along with the general population. The Imperialists will still maintain positions of high social standing and wealth through the management of natural resources - BUT WITHOUT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY OF WAR.

In a Peace economy the opportunity for decent care and life expression will be much greater regardless if the individual circumstance says the best situation would be a nursing home or "our" home care. Thus, the number 1 activity and priority of the day is to change our militeristic war behavior. And then with a true Peace dividend start spending on our health and education priorities. Let's stay focused on this - IT'S TIME.
More Jobs!
21 Jul 2002
So another union is coercing wage-slaves to serve the financial "elite"? What else is new?

If folks want more jobs, all we need to do is continue producing more problems (eg: war, crime, addiction, junky products).

The death-industrial complex is a SYMPTOME of a dysfunctional monetary system: fractional-reserve banking and usury (charging interest on non-renewable commodities - such as the Federal Reserve Corporation's hypothicated debt).

How do we escape this destructive syndrome? Here's one way:

Want to understand the CAUSE of our major problems? See:
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