Union Claims Veteran's Home in Critical State
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KING-- The union representing hundreds of workers at the Wisconsin Veteran's home in King says working conditions at the state-run facility will eventually lead to "tragic mistakes."
The union claims employees are over-worked because there is a staffing shortage. But the state insists staffing issues are not affecting the residents, and this is just another attempt by union leaders to get back to life before Act 10 was passed.
Union field rep Troy Bauch says staffing levels at the state run facility have reached a critical level, forcing many in the nursing staff to work overtime.
“What happens when you overwork staff is that staff are more prone to errors,” Bauch said.
Bauch claims he is speaking out for workers who are afraid they'll lose their jobs if they complain about working conditions. He says eventually it's the veterans who will suffer.
"You're going to have incidents where these vets, bad things happen and the person who wants to hold accountable is the worker, when the reality is you are expecting miracles from a handful of people who are working extensive hours,” he said.
It’s a claim by union leaders the state Department of Veterans Affairs says is simply is not true. The department’s communications director says the union is making up information to scare people.
"This is a political attack and is not based in fact. Maintaining a high level of quality of care for our veterans is our absolute top priority and we have dedicated staffs who work very hard every day to maintain top notch care at our veteran’s homes,” said WDVA Communications Director Carla Vigue.
According to the state's official employment website, the Veteran's Home in King is looking to fill 4.5 full time or about 10 part time positions, most of those in nursing.