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Friday, June 27, 2008

Kingsbridge Nursing Home Crisis

I'll start out with a disclsoure: The Kingsbridge Nursing Home, where the workers have been on strike for four months, is practically right across the street from where I live in Kingsbridge Heights. I don't write much on the blog about where I live, since it's just outside the Norwood News coverage area. But this is hard to ignore for many reasons -- for the sheer presence and persistence of the health care workers on the picket line 24 hours a day, for concerns about the health and safety of the patients inside, for the refusal of Nursing Home owner Helen Siger to negotiate, and for all the alleged financial irregularities and violations such as the Workmen Compensation's Board charge that Siger hasn't paid into the fund for 13 months.

A Daily News article today lists all the problems.

There has been a lot of political attention to this issue and state investigations are ongoing. Politicians, including U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, have rallied with workers and community members. If ever there were a situation that required government intervention it is here. It shouldn't take 5 months for government to act on an issue as serious and life-threatening as this. We'll be keeping tabs on the situation here until there is some resolution ...

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