Skip to comments.Malloy pickets with striking nursing home workers
Posted on 07/11/2012 3:28:23 PM PDT by matt04
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy walked a picket line Wednesday with striking nursing-home workers, accusing HealthBridge Management of New Jersey of violating labor laws in its battle with employees at its five facilities in Connecticut.
"Let's be honest. What HealthBridge is attempting to do illegally is to break the union. That's what they want to do," Malloy said. "They want to be the new model in the state of Connecticut, and we don't want them to be."
Emboldened by a National Labor Relations Board complaint accusing the company of bargaining in bad faith last week, Malloy was unusually harsh in his denunciation of HealthBridge as he marched with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
"This was made easy. I am the governor, and I can't go to every picket line across the state every time," Malloy said, adding there is a collective bargaining process. "What is quite clear is that process is not being respected by HealthBridge."
Malloy briefly marched with strikers from SEIU 1199NE, a politically active union in Connecticut, outside the Newington Health Center, clapping his hands as workers chanted, "No work, no peace."
It is not Malloy's first time on a picket line with SEIU: He marched with the union outside a Hartford nursing home on the day he won the Democratic primary in 2010.
David W. Pickus, president of SEIU 1199NE, said the strike grew out of an illegal lockout by HealthBridge, which ceased to bargain. They are demanding deep cuts in health and retirement benefits.
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So now Malloy has decided it is his job to attend as may strikes as possible. Would the last business please turn off the lights.
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"They also are raising the co-pay and taking away holiday and vacation," he said. "They are taking a lot from us."
Boo hoo. Be thankful you're still a functioning human and not in some nursing home being taken care of by other union workers who think just like you do.
I work in a private nursing & rehab center and we are never ever to go union.