Thursday, July 19, 2012

These are how noble SEIU workers can be

This is an amazing story. According to Healthbridge that owns the nursing homes where negotiations with the SEIU had lasted 17 months, the union employees allegedly decided to make sure their work would truly be missed.
According to police reports obtained by The Daily Caller and reported Monday by the RedState blog, HealthBridge Management Health Care Centers alleged that union employees in at least three of its facilities intentionally mixed up or removed patient name plates, photos, medical bracelets and dietary advisories as they began their strike. Additionally, the police reports include allegations of both vandalism and larceny.

A July 3 police report from the Danbury Health Care Center in Danbury, Conn., states that “between the hours of 2300 [11:00 pm] on 7/2/12 and 0700 [7:00 am] today, 7/3/12, there were several incidents that directly affected and potentially could have negatively impacted patient care.”

“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 wheelchairs.”
With both Connecticut's attorney general and governor walking picket lines with the SEIU, how much faith should we have in their investigation?

Oh, and this isn't the first time that this same local SEIU was accused of harming nursing home patients as they led up to a strike.
In 2001, District 1199 SEIU was again accused of sabotaging nursing home patients in the lead up to a worker strike.

The Hartford Current reported at the time that Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney John Bailey “concluded in a damning report that many of the alleged incidents not only occurred but also were criminal.”:

“There is no doubt while some of the acts in question are crimes of nuisance and mischief, others could have had an effect resulting in seriously jeopardizing the [nursing home] residents’ health and safety,” the prosecutor’s report said.

Mr. Bailey’s investigators looked at evidence and information reported by 10 homes and found that equipment and sterile medical supplies had been tampered with, patient identification bracelets were removed, drugs were missing and a door to a supply room containing oxygen had been glued shut.

The removal of identification bracelets from patients apparently was the most pervasive act of sabotage — and could have had the most dangerous consequences because replacement workers would not know the patients. The bracelets are key to ensuring that patients get the right food and medicine.
Yes, these are those noble SEIU workers with whom the Democrats tell us to sympathize whenever there is a showdown with management. They're just thugs.