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Indiana Nursing Homes

Indiana nursing home residents are at risk of death and injury by fire due to inadequate fire safety protection in our state’s nursing homes.

Unbelievably, Indiana laws and regulations do not require all nursing homes to be fully sprinklered and to have smoke detectors in resident rooms – two of the most basic fire safety measures.

Nursing homes before 1986 do not have to have automatic sprinkler systems. Twenty-seven (27) homes in Indiana are NOT fully sprinklered. In fact, 10 of those homes are completely unsprinklered!
Even though most fires start in residents' rooms and the leading cause of death from fire is smoke inhalation, approximately 95% of Indiana nursing homes do not have to install smoke detectors in a resident’s room. Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to harm from fires due to physical and mental disabilities that limit their ability to run, walk, or even follow instructions in an emergency.Call on your state legislators to pass Senate Bill 93 & Ho…

George Becker

In Appreciation

George Becker
1929 – 2007
So Long, George.

George Becker, who was president of the United Steelworkers of America for seven years, died on February 2 at the age of 78. He was a great friend and supporter of EPI. We, and the world, will miss him.

George was an American original. A laborer in a steel mill at 15, a marine in both World War II and Korea, and a life-long trade unionist who rose to the top of one of the country’s great labor organizations. But more than just his resumé, George had the qualities that reflected the best people our nation produces. He was tough and fearless, and at the same time remarkably gentle, modest and decent. He was serious and thoughtful and had a blunt common-sense way of speaking. I never felt that he came into the room to hear himself speak. He sized you up carefully, and if he decided that you were on the side of those who worked for a living, you had his ear – and his heart.

George loved the steelworkers, and was proud of how the unio…

Does NiSource prey on seniors?

The reasons I ask this question are as follow:

1. A NiSource owned company seems to be refusing to pay a death benefit to a NIPSCO widow whose husband passed away over seven months ago. How can a company cobble up something as simple as this, you ask.....well, NIPSCO and NiSource have outsourced so much work that deals with real people, to either out of state or out of country companies who seem to only be in it for the buck and the language barrier is proving to be overwhelming to seniors.

2. In the Bremen, Indiana area, as I understand it, NIPSCO mailed out flyers advertising their so called Price Protection Service (PPS) and stating that anyone interested in more information would have a chance to win a colored television set. In this particular instance, the elderly customer mailed back for more information, hoping to win the television. A couple of weeks later, on a Sunday afternoon, a salesman from the U.S. Energy Savings Company came to her home and persuaded her to sign the con…