Thursday, February 19, 2009

Health Care Workers Protest as Silver Screen Seniors Face Eviction

Keith Olbermann gave the The Motion Picture Television Health Plan director David Tillman the title of "Worse" person in the world last night. 300 SEIU UHW members provide care at the facilities under threat of closure. SEIU members have protested the possible closures. As usual, Olbermann gives a great summary of the issue and what is at stake.


Among the 150 participants in the Weds. dusk vigil by UHW workers, resident family members, actors, and clergy at the Motion Picture and Television Fund long term care facility is Melanie Wilson. She is daughter of the television character Mr. Whipple, who called the facility home for many years.

"The fight to keep this residence open and preserve these jobs is a fight for morality over greed and for compassion over cruelty," she told the crowd, underscoring a moving report on ongoing negotiations by worker Myra Torres.

The event concluded and many assembled press departed just as drizzle began.

Watch the NBC Los Angeles report on the protest.

No comments: