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5 NEWS UPDATE: Both Sides Respond to Alleged Problems at Nursing Home
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 03, 2013 @ 6:10PM
Created on May 03, 2013 @ 5:11PM
 
5 News Update:
 
Donna Morgan, the President of the West Virginia Public Workers Union, said the administrator new about these problems for a year and hasn't done anything about it. 
 
Morgan said the extended hours continues almost on a daily basis. So you have exhausted employees and not enough employees to take care of the patients they have.
 
5 News tried to contact the Nursing Home officials Friday, but they said since it's an on-going legal issue they couldn't say anything at this time.
 
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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A union leader wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to investigate staff shortages at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home and alleged retaliation against a patient who spoke out publicly about the quality of care.
 
UE Local 170, West Virginia Public Workers Union, said Thursday it's also contacted legislative leaders to demand action at the Clarksburg facility.
 
UE stands for United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers. The local represents more than 1,000 state employees at hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Highways and other agencies.
 
The union says nursing home staff have repeatedly complained about mandatory overtime and understaffing, but Administrator Kevin Crickard has failed to address the problems.
 
President Donna Morgan says it's time that the governor intervened.
 
Neither a Tomblin spokeswoman nor Crickard immediately responded.
 

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