Monday, May 18, 2020
NorCo COs Save Inmate's Life While Human Services Workers Want to Stay Home
When McClure directed these social workers return to the Human Services building, Human Services Director Sue Wandalowski devised a detailed plan (described here) that would minimize the risk. In fact, her plan has been circulated by the statewide association of Human Services workers. Nevertheless, many of the county's human services' staff continue to groan. They have emailed Council members, spoke out at the last Council meeting and have attempted to enlist the support of local news organizations. Steve Cantanese, the President oif the local SEIU, told The Morning Call that McClure's insistence that they return to the office is "one of the most blatant disregards for workers in public safety
that we've seen."
Really? Office work? Give me a break. Cantanese needs to get his head out of his ass. Several of my forebears died in mine collapses, where there really was a blatant disregard for worker safety. My grandfather was missing three fingers. He worked the mines as a boy, and his job was to pick up stray pieces of coal and thrown them into a passing coal car. Office work?
Cantanese's remark is a slap across their faces.
It is also a slur to two million Pennsylvanians (1.8 million employees and 200,000 self-employed) have no work at all. Governor Tom Wolf's shutdown has seen to that. Many of these people have yet to see a penny in unemployment benefits. Governor Tom Wolf has seen to that, too. These folks are begging to get back to work. Cantanese and his entitled social workers expect these Pennsylvanians to pay them to sit on their asses while pretending to be scared.
Public sector employees have a very bad reputation, and this is why.
Ironically, many employees at the courthouse have soldiered on, and with no complaints. The elections office is processing mail-in ballots, and I believe they are now over 34,000.
Gracedale's staff has had reasonable concerns because the nursing home was hit hard with Covid-19. Amazingly Health Secretary Rachel Levine ordered nursing homes to accept new residents even if they tested positive for Covid-19. Some staffers there were afraid and had every right to be afraid. But call-offs have diminished.
Finally, there's the jail. The virus has hit both inmates and corrections officers. But guess what? These corrections officer have really distinguished themselves. In fact, on Saturday morning, alert guards managed to rescue an inmate who was trying to hang himself.
Unfortunately, news organizations increasingly sell sensationalism, not facts. So the Chicken Littles in Human Services get the front page. Guards who save someone's life get nothing.