UPDATE: Nursing Home Workers’ Strike

Nursing home workers and SEIU 1199 New England leadership will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 PM in Room 1D at the LOB to provide updates on the strike vote pending at 20 facilities.

Caregivers are demanding wage increases, accountability of staffing ratios and protection of quality health care services for Connecticut’s nursing home residents.

Wages for nursing home workers have remained stagnant, with just a 2% increase since 2015. The 2019-2020 Governor’s budget proposal and the recently released Appropriations budget do not include any additional funding for wage increases. While the cost of living in Connecticut continues to rise significantly, certified nursing assistants have been limited to a total wage increase of 25 to 30 cents since 2015, with no other wage increase projected if the state budget fails to include funding.

 

Caregivers are also facing short staffing ratios at nursing homes, which means that they are working with fewer resources but taking care of residents who require higher levels of care.  As workplace conditions keep getting worse, many nursing homes are struggling to retain and recruit direct caregivers.

 

What: Nursing Home Workers Update on Strike Vote

 

When: Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 PM

 

Where: Legislative Office Building, Room 1D

 

Who:

  • Nursing Home Workers
  • President Rob Baril, SEIU 1199 New England
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