August 5, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Olean, NY – While she won’t admit it or take credit for it, make no mistake about it – it appears the return of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 805 President Rose Teachman and her way of eloquently making her case not to privatize two Cattaraugus County nursing homes played a big role in county lawmakers deciding to send back committee resolutions seeing Request for Proposals (RFPs) to turn the homes over to private entities.
CSEA Local 805 represents a combined 60 or so Union-represented Nursing Home Workers at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centers in Olean and Machias. On Wednesday, July 20th, more than 60 Union Workers and community representatives – holding up Save Our Homes signs – attended two committee hearings that ultimately ruled to seek RFPs.
But after speaking before the County Legislature last week, Teachman (pictured below speaking at the hearing/Photo Courtesy of CSEA Local 805) told WNYLaborToday.com that she also recommended a Union-county nursing home committee be restarted in an effort to re-examine possible cost savings that would ultimately keep the homes in Machias and Olean under the responsible of the county – and not a private entity.
“It was a combination of ‘everyone getting involved’ and the ‘power’ of our (CSEA) Membership,” a more than modest Teachman told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper in a telephone interview from her CSEA Local’s office in the Southern Tier City of Olean. To read more click on the following link