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WA Free Beacon

A federal judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton has ordered five Connecticut nursing homes to rehire striking employees despite a criminal investigation into allegations that some of those workers endangered the lives of seniors.

Judge Robert Chatigny on Wednesday ordered Healthbridge Systems to lay off hundreds of replacement workers in order to make room for the 600 striking members of the SEIU Local 1199, one of the Atlantic region’s most powerful unions. Those workers walked out of their jobs over a contract dispute in July. Some employees allegedly tampered with the identification materials and medical records of patients, including some suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, on their way out the door.

Chatigny’s ruling came despite the objections of Lorraine Mulligan, a registered nurse with 25 years of experience who was hired by Healthbridge to evaluate the impact of the strike on patient care and who concluded that rehiring workers would put patients in jeopardy.

“The nature and severity of the … incidents … put the safety, health, and well-being of the residents of those facilities in immediate jeopardy,” she said. “A court order requiring the reinstatement of any of them or additionally those who had knowledge of sabotage and failed to act would expose the residents to immediate danger and put them at risk of suffering serious harm or death.”

Connecticut state police are conducting a criminal investigation into the vandalism though no charges have been filed and the company has filed a separate federal lawsuit alleging that the union engaged in mafia intimidation tactics to bargain for increased wages and benefits. The union must respond to that suit by Dec. 18.

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  1. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 13th, 2012

    Pfffft….when ObamaCare really kicks in, those seniors will be…uh…subject to panel decision and quietly, and permanently retired. Those union folk were guilty of nothing more than early implementation of this particular aspect of ObamaCare.

    Of course, the fact that these nursing homes will have no residents in the future is no reason not to continue employing these fine public union officials.

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  2. scr_north

    December 13th, 2012

    Better pray for the health of the Supreme Court Justices for another 4 years or the legacy of Obama could be magnified for the next 20 years. I hope HealthBridge appeals and gets a stay of this judges opinion. Even if they eventually lose maybe they can destroy some of these SEIU members finacially. Funny this is happening on Connecticut, what with be one of the lost liberal/left states.

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 13th, 2012

    Blue state: Those seniors probably voted for Obama along with their SEIU executioners.

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