Holyoke Geriatric nurses paychecks delayed again

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Workers at the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke will have to wait at least an extra week for their paychecks.

The Board of Directors did not want to talk to 22News at all after their 3-hour closed-door meeting Friday night, but we have new information on what’s next for the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke.

First, it was a five-day delay. Now, it may be a full week. The unionized nurses at the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke were told Friday they may have to wait until next Thursday, February 27th, to get paid.

Union Representative Tyrone Housey said, “Who’s the controller watching the books? They shouldn’t be depending on state reimbursement checks to carry them over for the payroll.”

All this, as Board of Directors Chair Patty Devine resigned, effective immediately, and the Board, discussing the facility’s future.

The Board of Directors met for nearly 3 hours behind closed doors. At the end of that meeting, the Board voted to ask the Department of Public Health to review the closing plan that was submitted back in 2010.

Devine and current board members all left the meeting without clarifying if that means the Geriatric Authority could shut down in the future.

Some employees are concerned. Sharon Santiago told 22News, “So we just feel like we’re being lied to. Just tell us the truth what’s going on. Just let us know. And do we need to look for jobs?”

Diane Miledge said, “We got people who’ve been here 20 something years. I’m going to be 51 years old. Where am I going to get a job after 20 something years?”

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday March 3rd.

22News talked to Housey shortly after he learned about Devine’s resignation. He told 22News he’s worked with Devine for many years. He’s surprised to hear that she has left the board.

“If I had any help on union issues, worked related issues, I could call her. So I was shocked to find out that she has resigned. I didn’t know,” said Housey.