Union nursing home workers at Icare facilities agreed to a new contract that sets a historic $20 per hour minimum wage for certified nursing assistants and $30 per hour for licensed practical nurses, averting Friday’s nursing home strike.
On top of the wage increases for all workers, all Icare workers will also have a pension and receive additional funding to cover health care insurance costs and wellness programs.
“I want to acknowledge and thank the leadership of Gov. Ned Lamont, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Chief of Staff Paul Mounds and OPM Secretary Melissa McCaw in making it possible to meet the goal of a Long-Term Care Workers’ Bill of Rights for nursing home caregivers,” said Rob Baril, president of District 1199, SEIU.
With the tentative 4-year agreement with Icare, the union proceeded to postpone Friday’s scheduled work stoppage. New strike notices were issued for the 26 nursing home facilities and 2,800 workers for Monday, June 7th at 6:00 AM (Icare, Genesis, and Autumn Lake) pending final agreements.
Strike notices previously set for May 28th with over 1,200 workers at 13 facilities remain in place. The strike notices for May 28th and June 7th combined cover 4,000 frontline workers at 39 nursing homes in Connecticut.
Active Strike Notices for Friday, May 28 at 6:00 AM
- St. Camillus
- Governor’s House
- West Hartford Health and Rehab
- Advanced Center for Nursing
- Cassena of Stamford
- Cassena of Norwalk
- RegalCare Salmon Brook (Glastonbury)
- RegalCare Torrington
- RegalCare Waterbury
- RegalCare New Haven
- RegalCare West Haven
- RegalCare Greenwich
- RegalCare Southport
Active Strike Notices for Monday, June 7 at 6:00 AM
- Kimberly Hall North (Windsor)
- Kimberly Hall South (Windsor)
- Fox Hill (Vernon)
- Harrington Court (Colchester)
- Reservoir (West Hartford)
- Glendale (Naugatuck)
- Arden House (Hamden)
- Madison House (Madison)
- Meriden Center (Meriden)
- Willows (New Haven)
- St. Joseph’s Center (Trumbull)
- Chelsea Place (Hartford)
- Parkville (Hartford)
- Trinity Hill (Hartford)
- Touchpoints – Wintonbury (Bloomfield)
- Touchpoints – Chestnut (East Windsor)
- Fresh River – Kettlebrook (East Windsor)
- Touchpoints – Bidwell (Manchester)
- Westside (Manchester)
- 60 West Secure Care (Rocky Hill)
- Touchpoints (Farmington)
- Silver Springs (Meriden)
- New Britain
- Bucks Hill (Waterbury)
Below is the confirmation from Governor Lamont’s Office which can be found on CT.Gov
Posted on May 13, 2021 (HARTFORD, CT) –
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration has received copies of strike postponement notices to 26 nursing homes from District 1199, SEIU, and New England Health Care Employees Union. The notices follow news of a tentative settlement agreement between the union and nursing home owners that was reached with the participation and support of Governor Lamont and his administration.
Copies of the union’s strike withdrawal notices were received by the Connecticut Department of Public Health late this afternoon from nursing homes owned by iCare Health Network, Genesis Healthcare, and Autumn Lake Healthcare.
“This agreement provides unprecedented wage increases for the nursing home workers who have shown their dedication to so many loved ones over the past year,” Governor Lamont said. “It also provides security for thousands of nursing home residents across our state. This agreement represents a commitment from the state and industry operators to ensure these workers are compensated fairly for their work, and a long-term commitment which provides predictability for both staff and patients.”
“We join Governor Lamont in welcoming this extremely good news, and thank him, Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw and supporting staff for their role in helping the nursing home operators and the union representing dedicated, front-line caregivers reach this tentative agreement,” Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “We are hopeful that a full agreement will soon be finalized.
“With the official receipt of the union notice postponing the May 14 strike, Department of Public Health has suspended its nursing home strike monitoring plan. Department of Public Health staff and Connecticut National Guard members had been scheduled to begin on-site monitoring at the 26 facilities.
The union strike withdrawal notices to the 26 facilities reference a postponed strike date of June 7, joining a previously noticed date of May 28 for another 13 nursing homes. These are technically in effect, pending contract settlement between the owners and union.
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District 1199, SEIU, New England Health Care Employees Union