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New York nursing home employees threaten to strike after nine years without a new deal

Nine years have passed with a nursing home employee union trying to get a contract at the Ruby Weston Manor in East New York. Now, the nursing home union has had it: if there is not contract by November 27, they have authorized a strike. A member of the union, stated that “We take care of the [nursing home] residents. [The nursing home] should take better care of us.” Last December, then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed suit against the CEO of Ruby Weston Manor, seeking her removal as CEO of the two taxpayer-supported nursing homes for the poor. The nursing home abuse lawsuit filed by the Attorney General charged that the CEO had enriched herself and relatives with millions of dollars in self-approved salaries and benefits. Additionally, the lawsuit alleged that the CEO circumvented state not-for-profit laws and had nursing home neglect at the two facilities.

Again, we see CEOs of nursing homes getting rich while the employees and residents suffer. If a nursing home cannot afford caring employees, nursing home residents will undoubtedly endure nursing home abuse and neglect.

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