The Park Ridge Patch reported the story about long term care providers in Illinois complaining about short staffing and how that affects the care provided to residents.  The union workers from  different facilities are seeking a new contract with the operation’s owners, a small pay raise and more staff on shifts.  Staffing was an issue emphasized by all of the picketers

“Maria Cordero, a certified nursing assistant at Alden Gardens of Des Plaines, said when workers are unable to fill their shifts, replacements are not put in place, and the burden of providing care to more patients is placed on the workers who are there. Cordero said in the building where she works, five nursing assistants are scheduled for the morning shift.  “The problem with the mornings is if somebody calls in, they don’t care, they just leave it to the employees,” Cordero said. “For example, if two CNA’s call in, only three CNA’s work. They don’t make that extra effort to look for someone to work.”

“What really gets me upset is they always leave us short-staffed,” Cordero said.

It’s all about the profit though.

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