Commission upholds privatization at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

A state commission has rejected union appeals and upheld the privatization of about 150 nursing aide jobs at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans as part of a cost-cutting effort.
The Holland Sentinel
Apr 2, 2013

 

The Michigan Civil Service Commission heard two appeals from Michigan AFSCME Council 25 last month in Lansing. According to information released Monday, the commission upheld the decision to privatize the jobs.

The issue made it into the courts in 2011 as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder sought to privatize certain state services to save money.

Critics argued that the plan could harm residents. At the hearing, veterans and state workers testified that more than 600 veterans are endangered by low staffing levels and inadequate care. Contract workers are paid about $10 an hour, about half what the state workers were paid.

"It's very unfortunate," AFSCME attorney Richard Mack said. "If anybody is deserving of high-quality care, it's people who have been injured on the battlefield fighting for our freedoms."

JoAnne Cripps, nursing director at the home run by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said the facility is going through a transition period but "we have basically the same level of care."

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Comments

Juune

Way to keep creating these 10 dollar an hour jobs Gov Ricky.

Highlander

Screw socialism. Why should we have to pay for this? I mean, Why should anyone who doesn't have anyone in the VA have to "pay" for it. I mean, it's my money. I should be able to keep it. Damn socialism and Obama.

Wingmaster

You may want to reconsider your misplaced frustration. These vets put their lives on the line to protect your way of life. They deserve better and more then what we are giving them.

Highlander

Screw socialism. Why should we have to pay for this? I mean, Why should anyone who doesn't have anyone in the VA have to "pay" for it. I mean, it's my money. I should be able to keep it. Damn socialism and Obama.

LessThanAmused

So, you don't think you owe anything to the guys who fought to give you a free country to grow up in and become a narcissistic Jacka**? I only hope that Karma finds you soon to balance the books.

rukidding

Highlander, supporting and caring for veterans is not socialism, it is absolutely the least we can do. I gave up 6 years of my life in Vietnam, with the possibility of dying each day, many of my friends did die; this so you would have the right to post a comment in this paper. Actually I did it for the love of my family and my country; you are just the bystander that reaps the benefit of our love. Please don't ever utter your opinion on this in a public forum where veterans might be; we most assuredly will kick your ass on the spot. I hope you move soon, and I'm talking about another country.

Wingmaster

Vietnam vets deserve even more for what they endured there and back at home.

I have never been in any branch of the service. I believe we owe this group more apologies and support then other conflicts. That being said, I strongly believe all vets should be held in high regard.

Lanivan

It's interesting that all posts except Highlander (and this post is so outrageous it must be an attempt at sarcastic irony or bitter humor) seem to share the belief that we owe our veterans a debt of gratitude and respect, but on the cheap.

The privatization of our veterans care, in this case at least, means the decision to provide quality care is secondary to giving the contract to the lowest bidder. The likelihood is that our veterans will be given just that - $10/hour nursing care. So much for noble sentiments.

bigdeal

yup, Juune got it correct. It coincides with the R plans to eliminate the middle class (working class).

Lanivan

Exactly - Juune said it best. The R plan - let our minions think they have control by promoting Obama-bashing and cries of socialism. That'll keep 'em busy while we pull the strings and cut wages, benefits, pensions, services, rights.....all for the sake of "balancing" the budget (has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?). Oh, and while we're at it, we'll give our corporate masters plenty of business through privatization, no-bid contracts, sweetheart deals, etc, etc. Sorry middle class - you've just had it too good for too long.

Wingmaster

Now you know I'm not a big gubment guy or big on subsidies, but in the case of our veterans I will support any gubment support that does not adversely affect the care and support each vet earned by putting their butts on the line.

Lanivan

Thanks for clarifying Wing - I hoped you took the high ground more often than not.

Wingmaster

Don't thank me, thank a vet!

Wingmaster

I guess my original comments on this subject escaped your radar?

"They deserve better and more then what we are giving them."

Lanivan

Yes, they did - I rephase..."All posts except Wings". Sorry Me, Jefferson Starfish. :(

Wingmaster

Ya lost me there...perhaps that Jefferson Starship ringing your ears from that 8 -track your playing has confused you this morning:)

Lanivan

Talk about confusion! When you said I overlooked a previous statement you made, I replied, "Yes, I did". I then apologized for overlooking it. Then you indicated you were lost and confused. So now I'm trying to clarify both the original and present state of disconnect by being gracious and conciliatory. But of course you make matters worse by implying I listen to Jefferson Starship.

There - all better now?

 

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