SEIU 1199 New England members, who provide care to patients and keep St. Mary’s nursing home running, rallied outside the facility to bring attention to the crisis of low pay that makes it difficult to care for their families even as they care for others.
St. Mary Home, which is operated by Trinity Health Senior Communities (a part of Trinity Health New England), relies on more than 160 dietary, housekeeping, certified nursing assistants and other staff everyday to care for some of the state’s most vulnerable patients. Despite accepting state funds to improve wages and working conditions, St. Mary Home’s owners refuse to provide liveable wages and benefits for care workers yet has funneled millions to their parent company for executive salaries.
St. Mary Home has proposed a $15.96 minimum wage rate for 2023–less than a dollar above the state minimum wage. But according to the facility’s Medicaid cost report for fiscal year 2020, the nursing home paid 2.2 million dollars to the parent company, Mercy Community Health, for “direct costs associated with the parent company, including wages of the CEO, CFO, Administrative Asst, and the VP of HR and other directly non-allocated expenses… such as insurance for the officers and financial consulting.”
Who: Nursing home workers including nursing assistants, dietary, housekeeping and other staff
What: Nursing Home Workers Rally for Liveable Wages, Against Nursing Home Corporation’s Hypocrisy
When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: 2021 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT
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