Once upon a time, a group of health care workers walked off the job, abandoning the aged and infirm under their care. Others — according to reports — actively sabotaged their patients’ medical care — though thankfully, no one was irreparably hurt.
This is no fairy tale, but a real life horror show that unfolded recently in New England. Last July, HealthBridge Management, which operates 32 nursing care facilities, was confronted with an employee walkout at five of its Connecticut nursing homes.
The striking workers were members of New England Health Care Employees Union, an affiliate of the Service Employees International. They were objecting to a new contract advocated by HealthBridge that would have required employees to pay more for their health coverage. Union reps wanted the previous contract, which had expired in 2011, to remain essentially unchanged.