Union Demands Probe of W.Va. Veterans Nursing Home

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

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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