Here’s a few articles for you if you’re interested. Here’s one from The New London Patch Hospital Workers End Strike Tonight but L&M Still Plans to Lock Them Out
And, if you get to this post within two weeks of its posting, here’s an article from The Day for you Unions Says Strike Over; L&M Says No Contract No Return To Work
Here’s the way WTNH reported it
I told you about those Gestapo Boots…didn’t I?
I think I did. Don’t be fooled by L&M’s cry of ‘patient care’ and ‘loss of funds’. If you’re buy that you’re too naive to read here. This is L&M Corpration’s slightly underhanded way of trying to get rid of the unions. Plain and simple. I’ve told you for months that they’ve been ‘moving services off the main campus’ and gobbling up land/buildings around the community like a fat man at Thanksgiving Dinner. These are not the actions of your Friendly Community Hospital that’s oh so concerned with you, your care, and well, the community in which it is situated. These are the actions of any comparable Big Business in 2013. Any piggish business at all that’s more concerned with its CEOs Saving Money and Living Better than it is with doing business in an upright and fair manner with the town in which is situated and with the people in its employ.
Let’s not forget they’re Not-for-Profit status. That little annoying thing which shields the Corporation and keeps it from paying its fair share of taxes which would, in turn, truly benefit the CITY upon which it is feasting.
But, we’re not here to talk about the actions of that lip-sticked pig today. No, if you go over and you read the articles I posted then read the comment sections you may find yourself wondering if all of you have actually READ the same article. As always, it’s my neighbors, my community that both enlighten my heart and fill it with saddened confusion. It’s a strange mix, I grant you that.
I live RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from the “old” Emergency Room entrance…at the freakin’ light…that’s MY street. Yep, I heard some whooping. I heard some hollering. I heard some cheering. I heard cars honking in support of the workers. I sure did. Each honk and rousing cheer made my heart swell with pride. I wouldn’t say it was overbearing at all I would say it was more filled with good-cheer even in the pouring rain and the bitter cold. I didn’t see or hear anyone fighting or getting each other’s faces. I certainly didn’t see any rock throwing.
I wonder if some of my ‘neighbors’ and I actually witnessed the same event. Yes, I realize there are buildings on Montauk Avenue where most of the picketing went on but the overwhelming majority of them are doctor’s offices. There’s a school. More doctors offices. Maybe a residence or two then a little grinder shop and a liquor store. Going the other way there are doctor’s offices and more doctor’s offices and more doctor’s offices and then maybe a residence or two until you get past, oh, I dunno, Bellevue or something where it turns into all residences before hitting a church, Cumberland Farms, Liquor store, restaurant, dollar store, church….blah blah blah. In short, if one lives ’4 or 5 blocks from the hospital’ I’m doubting they heard much of anything at all except car horns and maybe a voice through a bullhorn here and there.
I wonder where these ‘neighbors’ were when AmTrak was pounding away down there at ALL HOURS of the night? Where were they when L&M put in that parking lot? They made all that noise which resulted in a complete and utter destruction of a graceful woodland area enjoyed by the generations of families.
I wonder why some of my ‘neighbors’ decry the striking workers as being ‘all about themselves’ when their very posts are simply about how inconvenienced they’ve supposedly been over 4 days.
I wonder why some of my ‘neighbors’ are so narrow-minded their their definition of the word ‘community’ seems limited to New London. Yes, I agree, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation should go out of its way to HIRE PEOPLE WHO RESIDE IN NEW LONDON. It doesn’t, of course. Its unconcerned with that. However, given that statistics show me the commute of the average American joe is somewhere between a half hour and forty-five minutes ONE WAY I’m willing to say that those who may reside in Westerly, RI or Hope Valley, RI and surrounding areas are indeed part of our ‘community’. Let’s face it, if Westerly Hospital (now owned by L&M Hospital Corp.) was hiring or paid well or anything like that they’d try to get jobs there which is a tad-bit closer to home.
I wonder why it’s perfectly okay with so many people that the worker, the common man, the average joe, gets the boots put him again and again while corporation profits soar. I don’t understand why in 2013 Selling Your Soul to the Company Store seems to coming back en vogue. Let’s not forget that these are NURSES. They’re not WalMart workers where closed-mind people say something idiotic like; You start there and work your way to a better job, WalMart and McDonald’s are for teenagers to start out with not to make a career out of. (When I come across them I always find myself praying that one day such people will climb into the DeLorean, get it up to 88 miles per hour, find that 1 gigawatt strike, and be able to join the rest of us in the 21st century.)
The nurse STARTS OUT in the neighborhood of $50,000.00 IN DEBT with student loans and such because s/he went for the ‘higher eduction’ line we’ve all been forced to buy into by those who think working at WalMart is a worthless job. (OK, I’ll give the the nurse hopefully also had a higher desire; a passion for healing and helping as well.) If you START OUT with that much debt you NEED to make around $30.00/hour just to keep your head above water; to pay back the loan, pay rent, pay insurance, pay car loan, get gas, utilities, food, clothing and all of that happy stuff. With that in mind, I really don’t want to hear about the nurse is ‘over paid’. I certainly don’t want to hear they’re ‘overpaid because they’re union’.
They’re PROPERLY PAID BECAUSE THEY’RE UNION.
Since the hospital does/did have a contract with said unions, yes, they should have been moving union employees to these satellite locations the entire time…if they were playing fair. If they were acting in the best interest of the community, that’s what they would have done. But they didn’t because the hospital has been taken over by Big Business which acts solely in its own best interest of Saving Money Living Better.
If you want WalMart in charge of your healthcare where you can get the shoddiest made crap at the most rock bottom prices…continue your support of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation.
If you’d like something a bit better than that; stand up! Say something! Say it anywhere! Just make your voice heard.
I’m getting sick of this. I really am. I don’t know about you but I’m about ready to puke.
Here goes another company added to my List of Places That Do NOT Get MY Money. Again, it’s a company I happen to love and now must sacrifice and do without in order to maintain my personal dignity and principles. (Yes, those things still matter to me. Your mileage may vary.) On that personal note, Dunkin’ Donuts started going downhill a long time ago. I should know, I used to work there…some 30 years ago! When the “It’s Time To Make the Donuts Guy” wasn’t lying! When the donuts were actually made at the store where you bought them. Now, here in CT, they’re shipped in twice daily from some place in Rhode Island and…it shows. I’ve done my best not to buy donuts there for some years, but once in a while, I can’t help it. The sandwiches are still good. The coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the top of my street is the WORST. I never get a cup of coffee up there. I do, however, frequently buy a BAG of coffee from that particular Dunkin’ Donuts.
No more bags of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. I’ll have to trek my ass out to Stop & Shop to get a can of coffee whenever necessary. That happens to be quite often in my house. I buy AT LEAST a bag a week at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the top of my street.
Do you know the really sad/pathetic thing? This could ALL be AVOIDED if companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts and WalMart and Applebee’s and Olive Garden and Domino’s and Papa Johns would just STOP hiring ONLY part-time employees. I will never understand the reasoning of hiring 40 part-time employees when 20 full-time employees would do the job just as well…other than to get out of having to provide benefits such as healthcare to begin with. I mean…WTF? Can anyone out there say these companies would truly SUFFER if they were to act correctly on their own? In places such as the above, part-time employees were used to cover ‘swing time’, you know the time between say noon and six. When first shift would be leaving, business might be picking up due to the lunch hour, and as second shift comes in. That way there were employees on the floor who knew what had gone on and what needed doing when the shift change occurred. Things ran smoother for employees and customers.
Not anymore. Now if you go into any of those outlets you’re going to get a person who either just came on and ‘doesn’t know anything’ or who is just going off and doesn’t give a shit. Who can blame them? Their job pays crap and they don’t get any benefits. Customer Service suffers under such conditions and so does Quality Control.
If they just went back to the customary way of doing business…you know, those small things that used to simply be considered ‘Good Business Practices’…we’d all win. Employees would have bigger paychecks and be better able to spend them. Employees wouldn’t have to worry so much about their medical care or taking a day off if they get a cold. Employers get happier more productive employees and, since they’re in better health, less sick days! It really IS a Win-Win for ALL concerned.
Oh, scratch that, it’s *so much* of a Win-Win for shareholders. You know, those people who truly DO NOTHING AND WANT TO GET PAID FOR IT! Their dividend checks might be slightly lowered. Bummer. In the end, I’m fairly certain the Big Picture will bear out the benefit to Society as a whole.
In the meantime, it seems no one will be happy until I sell my house. I’ll have to wait until mid-spring to summer to do it, of course, that way most potential buyers won’t notice the horrid new parking lot! I’ll schuck it off on some unsuspecting schulb, move out of the City of New London and deep into ‘the country’. There I will raise my own livestock (six chickens just won’t do under these circumstances, I’m afraid), milk my own cows, collect my own eggs, sheer my own sheep, spin my own yard, slaughter my chickens and a cow or two a year, learn to tan leather, grow my own organic vegetables and fruits, and drill a well for drinking water.
Wow. I KNEW ‘they’ were trying to create a Caste of Drones but I didn’t realize they really wanted ‘us’ to step backward some 200-300 years so they can keep their yachts.
Doesn’t seem quite fair.