Connecticut

In Connecticut, over 19,000 workers belong to District 1199. We represent nurses, CNAs, technicians, clerical employees, service & maintenance workers, and more in a variety of settings that including state service, nursing homes, hospitals, community programs for the developmentally disabled, and other important programs.  Scroll down below to read about what 1199 members in Connecticut have been doing.

SEIU 1199 New England President Rob Baril issues a response to Governor Ned Lamont’s proposed state budget

Below is a statement issued from SEIU 1199 New England President Rob Baril in response to Governor Ned Lamont’s proposed state budget: “We appreciate Governor Lamont’s spirit to bring all parties to the table so we can fix Connecticut’s looming …

1199 Supports the Nursing Home Staffing Bill

Hartford Courant journalists are attempting to unionize

Suffering from a declining workforce in recent years, Hartford Courant employees say they took steps on Monday to form a union. Journalists of the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper on Monday said they filed a petition for a union election …

Connecticut labor leaders call for tax hikes for the wealthy and other ‘alternatives to austerity’

Labor leaders are calling on Governor Ned Lamont to keep tax hikes for the rich on the table as the legislature looks to solve Connecticut’s budget crisis. Asserting that Connecticut’s wealthiest residents can afford to pay more, a group of …

When Nursing Home Care Falls Short

A nursing home’s role is to care for its patients, not compromise their health. Yet, across Connecticut, a number of facilities have come up short in fulfilling this most basic function. Check out this session from WNPR regarding in-depth look at …

Check out our Weekly News Round-up – 1/1/19 to 1/5/19

Below are various articles relevant to the State, 1199 and the work we do!   Lamont Administration Begins To Take Shape https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190102_lamont_administration_begins_to_take_shape1/ Governor-elect Ned Lamont stayed busy during the holidays last week filling out a number of key administrative appointments …

Staffing Levels, Culture Challenge Quality Of Nursing Home Care

WNPR published a story regarding the various issues in Nursing Homes regarding staffing. “It isn’t often that DPH mandates staffing or requires nursing homes to hire consultants, but the order reflects a broader emerging problem affecting the care provided at …

DENIED: A LOOK INTO INMATE HEALTH CARE

For the past couple of weeks, 1199 has been working with the Connecticut Mirror to follow up on staffing levels and quality of services at the Department of Correction. On December 20th, The Mirror reported extensively in a Special Report …

Public vs. private social services debate reaches the Lamont transition

Here is an article from the CT Mirror regarding policy transition committees as they report their preliminary findings and recommendations. “Schwartz noted that more than 2,000 developmentally disabled citizens are “mired” on controversial state waiting lists for those in need …

District 1199 President David Pickus To Retire at End of the Year

I write to you today, my union brothers and sisters, to announce my retirement as President of SEIU 1199 New England effective December 31, 2018. I have served over 40 years at 1199 – that’s 44 and a half years …

Are Connecticut Inmates Receiving Adequate Medical Care?

Multiple lawsuits allege Connecticut’s prison system failed to properly diagnose and treat prisoners with serious illnesses. What steps have been taken to improve health care behind bars? Listen to the discussion via podcast (49:23) here from WNPR.

Mosaic Negotiations 11.20.18

1199ers fought very hard to win our first increase for wages from DDS in over ten years. Now Mosaic management is claiming they “don’t have any information” in order to negotiate. On October 18th, the State told all the agencies …

Welcome To 1199, Glendale Center!!

A total of 58 CNAs at Glendale Center, a 120-bed Genesis Healthcare facility in Naugatuck, CT joined 1199 by a vote of 44-10 this past Friday. Glendale workers followed Glen Hill CNAs (Danbury, CT) and Fox Hill CNAs (Vernon, CT) …

District 1199 Leads the Way in 2018 Elections

Your hard work and dedication proved to be essential for our success in the highly contested 2018 midterm elections. Connecticut will be a better place now that progressive candidates have been secured for office, at least for the next couple …

Nursing Staff Pickets Against Priority Healthcare Group’s Cuts

Waterbury, CT – Dozens of picketing caregivers denounced illegal changes in compensation and benefits, and severe cuts in residential services implemented by Priority Healthcare Group as the operator of Waterbury Gardens. Priority Healthcare Group made cuts to nursing staff, as …

District 1199 Endorses Ned Lamont for Governor, Susan Bysiewicz for Lt. Governor, Kevin Lembo for Comptroller, Denise Merrill for Secretary of the State and William Tong for Attorney-General

State’s Largest Union of Health Care Workers also endorses 51 candidates in State Senate and State House races HARTFORD, CT — The state’s largest union of health care workers, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU, announced …

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A Target On Our Backs

The five Republicans running for Governor in next Tuesday’s primary may differ on minor issues but on some big things, they agree: if elected Governor, all five would reopen our SEBAC agreement. They are united in blaming State Workers for …

District 1199 Endorses Ned Lamont for Governor, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for Lt. Governor, Shawn Wooden for Treasurer

HARTFORD, CT — The state’s largest union of health care workers, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU, announced its endorsement today of Ned Lamont for Governor. The union represents more than 25,000 professional and paraprofessional caregivers …

No Court Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME will Rule Us Out!

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its anti-worker decision in the long-awaited Janus v. AFSCME. The Court ruled 5-4 in favor of establishing a national so-called “Right to Work” for public employees, further rigging the system against working families. Today’s decision is the …