• Police Respond To Protest Complaint, Find Sheriff Protesting

    A union protest outside a San Francisco nursing home turned surreal Wednesday when police responded to a complaint only to find the county officials and even the sheriff in attendance.

    Roughly 50 workers, including the officials, joined the picket line at the San Francisco Nursing Center (SFNC) early in the morning.

    When midday came, however, a patrol car came up responding to a call against the protestors.

    “Everyone just kind of looked at them,” Dennis Dugan, negotiator for the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The sheriff just kind of looked at them at laughed and waved.”

    The protest was a result of problems with new management.

    “They took control in May,” NUHW negotiator Dennis Dugan told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Workers were led to believe there would be no major changes.”

    The initial call came from a security guard inside the retirement home. When a delegation representing the workers came into the facility to talk with management, they were confronted by the security guard. It is unclear whether the security guard acted alone or on order from management.

    “The security guard said they were trespassing, and [that] he would call the cops,” Dugan, who was outside on the picket line, said. “I have no idea if he was working off orders from management.”

    “No one was arrested,” Dugan continued. “The delegation continued speaking with management after the police left.”

    Dugan noted that the workers and union did everything they were supposed to do legally. They notified management of the protest more than the 10 day minimum needed by law. They also let the proper people know there would be a rally.

    “We talked to police early in the morning,” Dugan went onto say. “We let them know of our intentions.”

    The outcome overall though worked out for the protesting workers and union. After the incident, management agreed to talk.

    “The delegation got a commitment from management that they want to get back to the table.” Dugan said. “It’s been our desire to negotiate this at the bargaining table and not on the picket line.”

    The primary problem for the workers is the healthcare plan. After they got new management their healthcare was changed to plans they felt were inferior yet more expensive. They tried to address their grievance with their new bosses but eventually realized they had few options but to strike.

    “No one remembers having to go on strike,” Dugan added. “And there have been long time workers here.”

    SFNC and the sheriff’s office did not respond to requests for comment from TheDCNF.

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