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Former Wellsping of Milwaukee employees protest outside of facility

Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:06:29-05

MILWAUKEE — About a dozen former employees of Wellspring of Milwaukee rehab and nursing home protested outside of the facility to show their anger and frustration Thursday afternoon.

The employees have not been paid in three weeks. Many are worried because their bills are mounting up and the employees had not received a check.

"I'm sitting here worried about how I'm going to pay rent bills and put food on out table," said former employee, Tanya Hazelwood.

Employees were originally told they had until April 12 to find a new job but the facility abruptly shut it’s doors last Thursday due to a state of emergency.

"All the employees are still owed three weeks of pay with payout of PTOs," said Lauren Camboni.

The facility was purchased by Congress Construction Companies out of Massachusetts. Protesters said they called the CEO of the company multiple times but have not heard anything back.
A HR employee for Wellspring said the bank accounts were frozen but they were working on getting them a check.

"What we were told by the administrator is that the company was working on setting up a banking account and once that happens they will be emailing us checks but we haven't received anything," said nurse Donte White.

Along with concern for their check, many of the employees are still concerned about the well being of the former residents. Nurse Karen Tucker said many residents left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"This as my home. These were my residents. I didn't even get to say a proper goodbye to them, it was hurtful," said Tucker.

"It's like my kids have been kidnapped and I don't know where they are at cause I didn't get that proper closure," said CNA Alicia Jackson.