Friday, April 18, 2008

100-plus jobs will be lost at local nursing home

One hundred residents, one hundred-plus workers will all have to go somewhere else when all Marathon Health Care Center on Pine St. closes at the end of June.

Residents will be placed elsewhere and workers will be on their own; although the workers' union is asking for the home to be placed in receivership until a buyer can be found. But the nursing home's parent corporation declared bankruptcy last month and says they're going ahead with the closing.

The NY Times' headline story this morning is the growth in part-time jobs at the expense of full time work. Wow, where have they been? The lowest wage workers have seen this developing for twenty years. Part-time work means no benefits and is a big savings for employers. Corporations like Mal-Mart and McDonalds have gotten rich on part-time workers.

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