About a year ago, my neighbor's 2 partner's wanted out. They entered into negotiations with a despicable company called "Sunwest Management." They are a corporation that owns a lot of retirement homes across the country. Last week, the company took over Brookside. My neighbor tried everything, from prayer (including letters to Pat Robertson) to getting the company banned from the city of Buford and the state of GA (they are already banned in California) to searching for legal loopholes. But he couldn't do anything to stop them from taking over. Everyone was under an NDA, so no one could give any notice to the residents or the employees. My mom found out this week when Sunwest took over. Brookside offered all of it's employees severance packages if they chose not to resume employment under Sunwest.
The new Sunwest managers pointed out that all the employees were being paid too much and that if they want to stay they could (with no reduction in salary - HA), but if they wanted out not to "let the door him them on the backside on the way out."
When Datapath purchased ILC, they came in, told us it was happening (gave 45 day notice before the acquisition was finised) and welcomed us all. According, to my mom this was not the case with Sunwest. No one could tell anyone anything until the deal was closed. Employees had no time to consider their options. Residents had no time to decide if they wanted to do business with Sunwest. It makes me fucking sick. We're fucking talking about elderly people and people with Alzheimer's. Their families had every right to know so that they could make informed decisions about the care of their loved ones, and it was fucking irresponsible of those 2 partners to fucking sell out like that.
Sharon quit that day.
Mom gets the impression that they want to pay their employees about what I made at Target ($8.25 per hour), which means they'll get shitty unskilled employees. They also like understaffing to reduce their overhead. They made it clear that they are in it for the money, and they are ruthless.
Since my mom no longer has anyone close to her there, they are probably going to see her as a replacable overpaid employee. Mom doesn't think they will let her go because they would have to give her severance, Mom thinks they will either a) cut her hours or b) make her life unbearable there so that she will quit on her own. I'm gonna guess that they will reduce her hours so that she's not working full time.
I think my mom is likely to find a new a job, though she probably won't get $15 per hour anywhere else.
As for Sunwest:
Lawsuit - Dead Rat Found in Alzheimer's Patient's Mouth - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/1798886
Lawsuit - Understaffed its homes and failed to provide services paid for by residents - http://blog.oregonlive.com/business/200
Lawsuit - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act Violations - http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/sto
Lawsuit - Failure to provide services - http://www.eastvalleynews.com/mail/arti
Banned from the State of California - http://www.topix.net/content/smallt
Here just do a fucking google search on the damn company. It's terrible.
I feel disgusted, angry, and sad about the entire thing.