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.

Free Testing for Asymptomatic or Symptomatic PCAs

Please see below the links to the health center web sites.  This is the best means to access FREE testing that does not require a doctor’s order, and is available to PCAs and other community members whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. …

Home Care – August 2020 Newsletter

Union Home Care Workers Win 7.5% Increase in Hazard Pay All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in …

Deadline to Apply for Provider Relief Funds is Friday, August 28th!

The federal government is providing payments to Medicaid providers, including PCAs, for COVID-19 related costs. This can include lost income (due to fewer hours because of COVID-related issues), new expenses for things like PPE, child care or transportation that are …

Union Home Care Workers Win 7.5% Increase in Hazard Pay – Press Release for 7.29.2020

All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in the amount of 7.5% for all hours worked in the …

State Unions Coalition Lauds Gov. Lamont’s Action to Protect Frontline Essential Workers

HARTFORD – The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today issued the following statement on Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order providing workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job with presumed worker’s compensation coverage: “We applaud Governor Lamont for listening to …

Nursing home administrators offer mixed answers for COVID outbreaks, deaths

In a virtual hearing Tuesday, nursing home operators were grilled about why so many patients died of COVID-19. Nursing home operators said outbreaks were unavoidable. “The bad actor is the virus, and not anything nursing homes did, or didn’t, do,” …

Support the Long-Term Care Workers’ Bill of Rights

Long-term caregivers keep fighting on the front lines to protect Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. Nursing home workers, home care workers, group home workers and other caregivers in nontraditional settings have risked their lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic to …

‘Sad and tragic:’ Federal nursing home data show at least 3,400 staffers infected, 14 dead

One night in April, after coming off her shift at a Farmington nursing home, Chasity Williams started to feel sick. Her stomach hurt. She had trouble breathing. Her appetite vanished. In the days that followed, she began to vomit and …

“Home care workers like me deserve a wage that provides dignity and respect”

For me, July 1 is my “a little more Independence Day.” I’m getting a raise from $15.85 to $16.25 an hour, along with 10,000 personal care attendants like me who with our union negotiated a raise through Connecticut’s Medicaid waiver program. It’s …

Home Care – Raises, Hazard Pay, Masks & Holiday Pay coming up – Updates 7.1.20

Este correo electrónico estará disponible en español pronto. The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism have exposed that, too often, essential workers are treated as if we’re expendable. Over the past months, thousands of PCAs have signed petitions, made phone calls, …

Lamont Allows Reduced Testing Of Nursing Home Workers, Cites Changing Federal Guidance

State officials have announced that they’re scaling back COVID-19 testing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It’s a policy shift that comes as a major union representing eldercare workers said 14 of its members died after contracting COVID-19. Earlier …

ICare Delegates Meeting – Tuesday 6/23

Join us for and ICare Delegates meeting Tuesday 6/23 at 5:30pm Time: Jun 23, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98369886893 Meeting ID: 983 6988 6893 One tap mobile +13126266799,,98369886893# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,98369886893# US (New …

Thousands gather at state Capitol on Juneteenth; protesters confront Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin over defunding police

 Thousands of racial justice protesters marched through Hartford on Friday, rallying at the Capitol and later confronting Mayor Luke Bronin outside his home over the issue of police funding. On the Capitol steps, organizers from the group BA Undivided listed …

Essential workers tell lawmakers they’re being denied workers compensation for COVID-19 because they can’t prove where they got the virus

As a shuttle bus driver at Yale New Haven Hospital, Denise Rogers constantly came in close contact with nurses and other health care workers as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading swiftly. She eventually contracted COVID-19 herself after spending all day …

Remembering Long-Term Care Workers & Clients Fighting COVID-19

Join us at Bushnell Park’s North Hill by the State Capitol as we remember and honor thousands of long-term care workers and residents/clients affected by COVID-19. Too many nursing home residents, home care consumers and group home clients have died …

Union representing nursing homes workers says state failed to protect workers and their patients

The president of the local union that represents nursing home workers said the state has treated them as if they “were invisible” as the deaths mounted in facilities across the state and that new laws are needed to protect them …

No Where To Hide From COVID-19 Behind Bars

State residents may feel confined by social and work restrictions brought on by COVID-19, but for prisoners and workers in Connecticut’s jails the luxury of self-isolating at home doesn’t exist. The idea of “loosening up” and finding the “new normal” …

The Future Of Work: Gender Disparities In The Workplace Worsen During The Pandemic

This is part of a series of shows from Where We Live about the future of work after the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused major disruptions for workers’ careers, but the latest numbers show women have been hit particularly …

No Tienes Que Llamarme Héroe

Los trabajadores estatales de Connecticut estamos arriesgando nuesrtas vidas en la línea de batalla contra el coronavirus. Mientras tanto, algunos políticos quieren quitarnos nuestro salario para “balancear el presupuesto”. Las uniones estatales ya hemos concedido más de $24,000 millones de …

SEIU 1199NE Campaign: “You Don’t Have To Call Me A Hero” – Press Conference 6.10.20

The New England Health Care Employees Union, SEIU 1199NE, held a press conference on Wednesday, June 10th to speak up on supporting state workers through the COVID-19 pandemic. State workers have recently launched the “You Don’t Have To Call Me …