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Staffing Controversy, King Veterans Home

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Staffing Controversy, King Veterans Home

By Jonathon Gregg. CREATED Dec 6, 2012

KING, Wis.-- Governor Scott Walker announced he will include 25 new registered nurse (RN) and nearly 60 certified nurse assistants (CNA) positions for the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King in his next budget.

The Governor made the decision to announce the additions a day before milestone event in U.S. History. "As we remember Pearl Harbor tomorrow and all our veterans, who have fought bravely to protect our freedom, it is vitally important to make sure veterans are well cared for at King and all veterans’ facilities,” said Governor Walker.  “The Department of Veterans Affairs and the current staff at King work hard to provide great service to the veterans living there and we want them to be able to continue to provide the quality care to those who have served.”

News of the Governor's plan comes on the heals of complaints of poor working conditions made by the union representing the employees of the state run facility.

Staff union rep Troy Bauch is very skeptical about Gov. Walker's announcement. "You can throw all the positions you want at Kings Veterans Home but until you actually go out and recruit and fill those positions and have people working in those jobs it's meaningless to the workers that work there."