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Looking at the employees

September 6, 2013

One of the major contributing factors to county-owned nursing homes losing money, according to the Centers for Governmental Research, can be attributed to staffing costs and benefits....

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Christopher

Sep-07-13 6:08 AM

The best thing for our economy would be to create more low-paying jobs without benefits. That's the ticket!

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obamaless

Sep-06-13 6:09 PM

Marcia,walmart and privte nursing home employees have insurance,you are paying for the welfare people.people who work for a living and who do not have insurance,will get bill from the hospitals and doctors.if they don't pay,the will be sent to collections.unlike people on welfare.

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obamaless

Sep-06-13 6:09 PM

Marcia,walmart and privte nursing home employees have insurance,you are paying for the welfare people.people who work for a living and who do not have insurance,will get bill from the hospitals and doctors.if they don't pay,the will be sent to collections.unlike people on welfare.

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Bulldog

Sep-06-13 3:40 PM

I've been union my whole life, I'm 57 yrs.old. I'm not rich by no means,but looking back I've spent almost every dollar I made in this community. I shop local as much as possible, and raised three children which two still live here and spend here too,my union wages have paid taxes in this area for 31 yrs. Life is good!

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Captain

Sep-06-13 2:55 PM

My biggest fear is if the CCH goes private, the quality of care will diminish. IMO, the same level of care that currently exists at CCH is the primary concern, NOT MONEY, and if that level (or improvement) can be guaranteed, then I presume there'd be less public opposition. However, a private nursing home is a profit-driven business, therefore, "corners" must be cut (ie; cost-saving measures imposed). Edwards, the CCLeg and CCH Admin Hellwig were all given such recommendations OVER 5 yrs ago but ignored them.

Since the CGR notes that wages at CCH are "almost the same" as those paid at private and non-profit homes, what areas will a private owner sacrifice to obtain the profits he seeks?

Is the CCH really "a drain on the taxpayers," or is it a worthy expense to many people who've helped support it throughout their entire working lives and may now need it?

It sounds a lot like those who favor eliminating Social Security benefits.

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Snotziman

Sep-06-13 1:09 PM

Sell the home. It has been a drain on the taxpayers for too long.

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Marcia

Sep-06-13 12:30 PM

It would be wise to see who are paying for the benefits of workers of private homes. If health insurance is not covered, then we, as taxpayers, may have to pay for their trips to the ER, the same as Walmart workers. This issue should be addressed when making a comparison. When a person gets no benefits or pensions, there is a larger turnover, which you don't see with county home employees. Why is the lowest common denominator the way to go in America today? Sad.

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FredoniaFred

Sep-06-13 12:14 PM

You are correct Captain that it is not CSEAs fault that they have been given such generous benefits and that the cost of those benefits keep rising. The fact is though that it is because of these benefits that the home has become a major money loser.

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Captain

Sep-06-13 11:44 AM

Edwards freely admits, and the CGR confirms: "The hourly wage paid (to CCH workers), particularly in the skilled positions, (is) ALMOST THE SAME as not-for-profit and private homes. However, the benefits pkg has gone up by 181% since 2001."

Gee, I wonder if benefit pkg costs for ALL county employees who don't work at the CCH gone up the same? Of course they have! Many union bashers love to blame the CSEA for this, but the fact is, neither the CSEA nor the county has any control over premiums. The greedy health care industry sets the rates, and you either pay it or don't.

One more thing worth noting; ALL provisions contained in previous, present and future CBAs can NOT be approved w/o exclusive consent from our elected reps. Therefore, if you're looking for who to blame for such high costs (notwithstanding corporate greed), look no further than our past & present elected reps.

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commentor

Sep-06-13 10:34 AM

Johnson is vote gathering. He will pander to those sob sisters who cry save the Home. He is full of it!! It's called UNION!!! They too are liars!! Ask Johnson if his homes are unionized?? I think not. Is Johnson claiming to be a Home Wisperer??? He cannot do what he claims. If you think so you are wrong wrong wrong!!!

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PhilJulian

Sep-06-13 9:14 AM

The best way to develop a non-competitive business is to give the job to a unionized government operation. This report tells an accurate story as to why the home must be sold. The private sector will always do a better jobs of controlling costs because the private sector has to generate a profit to exist. Government doesn't need a profit as long as they can simply raise taxes. FREDONIAFRED makes some good points in his posting. I don't think anyone can change the direction of the home as long as it is subsidized and controlled by government and unions. Mr. Johnson might be on the wrong side of this issue.

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FredoniaFred

Sep-06-13 8:47 AM

County home employees call in sick twice as often as private home employees raising overtime costs. Workers compensation claims at the CCH were $1.6M last year. They are around $250K in private homes. How could anyone claim to be able to reverse this trend when CSEA allows this to happen. The home must be privatized in order to survive.

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