Many people have been walking a picket line in Westport for the past 13 weeks. They are striking because the nursing facility Healthbridge/CareOne (formerly Mediplex) Westport decided in June 2012 to stop contract negotiations and implemented its final proposal, forcing massive cuts to caregivers against their will.

These wonderful people who care for older people who need and require compassion and careful attention have been out of work for 13 weeks. The majority of these workers are women with families, and many have done this work for 15 to 20 years. The strike has imposed financial hardship on these workers.

The union that represents these worker has set up a food bank to help them through this hard time. I am writing to suggest that you can help these workers by dropping off a sack of non-perishable food. You can drop your donations at the strikers spot on the corner of Burr Road and Route 1, across from Healthbridge, during daylight hours when the strikers are picketing. Thank you for helping these wonderful fellow Americans.

Mary Anne Liesner

Westport