Page 6 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 31, 2019 SABATINOINSURANCE AGENCY Call for a Quote 617-387-7466 Or email Rocco@sabatino-ins.com We cover: * Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Marine maintains Memorial Day ties By Mark E. Vogler S augus native Don J. MacLeod said he moved away from town about 15 years ago, but the 86-year-old Korean War veteran said he keeps coming back on Memorial Day weekend to make sure his late relatives who served in the military are taken care of properly. “I have seven graves I plant,” MacLeod said last Saturday as he left Riverside Cemetery and walked into the parking lot across Winter Street from the entrance. There, he said, he planned to watch the town’s Annual Memorial Day Parade while sitting in his car. MacLeod, who has lived in Lynnfi eld for many years, said he should have been a 1950 Saugus High School graduate, but he quit to become a U.S. Marine. One of the family members who is buried in Riverside Cemetery is his late brother William Neil MacLeod, a U.S. Navy man who died in World War II while on board a ship. He put a red geranium on his grave last Saturday. “He was 23 years old when he died in 1945,” he said. Don J. MacLeod “I’m the last of the nine kids. They’re all gone and I’m the only one left,” he said. Photo of the Month http://www.sabatino-ins.com SABATINO 564 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 617-387-7466 Hours of Operation are: Mondays - Fridays 9am to 5pm Saturdays by appointment only THE WAY IT WAS: This was the view of a Memorial Day Observance in front of Saugus Town Hall. The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) can be seen lined up in front of the building with many residents in attendance. This photo reportedly dates back to the 1890s or early 1900s. This is the May photo of the Saugus Historical Society 2019 Calendar. (Photo Courtesy of Gayle Bicknell through Barbara Celata then Marilyn Carlson) WORKERS | from page 1 ers’ 30-minute meal break unpaid, which would equal a 6.25 percent wage cut. “The nursing home industry in Massachusetts is facing a crisis, and it’s troubling that outof-state owners like Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center are not fully invested in the residents, employees and communities they serve,” said 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Executive Vice President Tim Foley. “Our nursing home workers have off ered a reasonable proposal with modest wage increases because they understand that quality care depends on quality jobs. We hope that ownership will come to the table and address the challenges that are negatively impacting residents and workers.” The previous contract with 1199SEIU members and SauTHE WAY IT IS: Members of Lynn English High School Marine Corps JROTC perform drills in front of Saugus Town Hall last Saturday during a ceremony that followed the Annual Memorial Day Parade. (Saugus Advocate Photo by Mark E. Vogler) gus Care and Rehabilitation Center expired on October 31, 2018, and employees are currently working without a contract. A strike could take place as early as mid-June. “The caregivers at Saugus are dedicated to providing the very best care to residents and their families, and it’s very concerning that management is trying to turn these crucial positions into minimum wage jobs,” said Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center Certified Nurse Assistant Eddy Pierre. “We love our work, and although we do not want to strike, a wage cut is unacceptable. We will continue to stand together to fi ght for a strong voice on the job and a fair contract.” Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center was purchased from Genesis in March 2018 by Eli Mirlis, who is the CEO of RegalCare Management Group, which is headquartered in Waterbury, Conn. Mirlis owns two other nursing homes in Massachusetts: in Amesbury and Danvers. Nursing home workers at the Blue Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton have also voted to authorize a strike if necessary. “Unfortunately, we have experienced a rash of recent nursing home closures, placing a major burden on local families, employees and communities,” said Foley. “The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU are committed to continuing our work to support all nursing home workers by fi ghting for quality jobs and nursing home care and to work with state leaders to create the additional oversight and funding needed to ensure quality and reliable care.”

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