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.

Details for the Delegate Assembly – RSVP by Monday 5/25!

We are hosting a State Delegate meeting via Zoom on Thursday, May 28 at 11AM and a second meeting at 7PM. We will be discussing our 2020 – 2021 contract campaign so it is important that as many of our …

‘Money Bags and Body Bags’ protest rolls through affluent Greenwich neighborhoods

A noisy caravan of union demonstrators descended on Greenwich on Thursday afternoon, putting a spotlight on what they say are the health risks and medical burdens faced by service workers due to imbalances in the economic system during the coronavirus …

Progressives look to bring CT’s tax fairness debate to the grassroots level

The next Connecticut income tax debate is heating up — but not at the Capitol. A key state legislative caucus is crafting a letter urging town and city councils, local political committees and other grassroots groups to press Gov. Ned …

‘We’re essential workers and we’re hurting right now’: Coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on nursing home employees

With the coronavirus tearing through the Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford, Cassondra Diaz was careful to take precautions. She always wore a mask, even though she worked as a bookkeeper in the front office, not providing direct care to …

DMHAS Workers Participate in Caravan to Protect Essential Mental Health Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

State mental health workers participated in a car caravan Thursday to express their concerns over the growing denial of care services at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and projected cuts as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Over …

Nursing home workers say they’re still not getting enough PPE

Nursing home workers lined the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding PPE. They say their companies are not providing enough of it and want the state to step in. The Grimes Center Currently has 31 percent of their residents …

US nursing homes seek legal immunity as Covid-19 spreads ‘like brushfire’

The US nursing home industry is clamoring for legal immunity during the coronavirus pandemic, even as horror stories from hard-hit facilities enrage families, consumer advocates and the American public. Healthcare organizations insist liability protections are essential for under-resourced nursing homes …

Widespread testing has begun at nursing homes. So far, staff are excluded

Widespread testing at nursing homes across Connecticut has begun, part of a push by Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to curb the spread of COVID-19 among one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. But operators at some of the homes said Tuesday that …

DMHAS Members – Join the Movement!

Dear 1199 Member: Over the last month, more than 1,400 DMHAS 1199 members have signed a petition to Commissioner Delphin-Rittmon; our delegates have had two meetings with DMHAS Administration, and we are seeing some progress on our demands. However — …

Home health aide: ‘They are playing a game with our lives’

Janell Roberts was stunned when she opened a box of personal protective equipment shipped by the state Department of Social Services to her home care client last week. West Haven resident Michael Whelan has four aides, including Roberts, come to …

SEBAC Union Leadership Comments on Meeting with Administration (Updated 5.9.20)

Coalition Update: as of May 9, 2020 To All State Employee Unions: On May 1st, in response to questions about contractual raises due to state employees in the next fiscal year, Governor Lamont publicly stated his administration’s intent to meet …

Coronavirus resurgence a concern for health care workers as CT looks to reopen

As Connecticut looks to gradually reopen some businesses this month, public health care workers raised concerns Wednesday that the state could see a resurgence of coronavirus infections in the fall, leading some to suggest the opening could be too soon. …

CT State Workers Keep Essential Services in Operation Through COVID-19 Crisis

Connecticut state essential workers from Southbury Training School, the Department of Correction, Connecticut Valley Hospital and other agencies will share their stories from the front lines of novel coronavirus. “Three of our co-workers have lost their lives to this terrible …

PPE For Nursing Homes During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Nursing Homes Hit Hard By COVID-19 Had More Staffing, Infection control problems before pandemic

Last summer – months before the novel coronavirus began its deadly race across Connecticut – dozens of residents at a Waterbury nursing home started wheezing. Some had trouble breathing. Others became congested. The “respiratory outbreak” at Abbott Terrace Health Center …

‘Don’t tell me I killed my mom’: Nursing home CNA says she contracted coronavirus at work, passed it along to her mother who died

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A nursing home worker says she believes she caught coronavirus at work and passed it along to her mother who later died of the virus. Certified Nursing Assistant Francene Bailey says her mother, Hazel, died Sunday, …

Updates on PPE for PCAs – 5.13.20

As PCAs, too often we’ve been treated like we’re invisible. As a majority female workforce, made up disproportionately of black and brown caregivers, our work hasn’t  been valued and respected the way it deserves to be. But there’s strength in numbers, and …

‘Would this population of caregivers be treated differently if they were white, and male, and wealthy?’

The federal and state response to COVID-19 in nursing homes is riddled with economic — and racial — inequities that are taking a greater toll in deaths and illnesses than government officials have disclosed, Connecticut’s largest healthcare workers’s union charged …

Corrections employees put on rolling rally to protest Covid-19 conditions at work

Car horns blared outside the headquarters of the Department of Corrections in Wethersfield where employees who work the prison system held a “Public Safety Caravan”. About 30 cars adorned with signs and full of workers showed up to voice their …

A Connecticut nursing home, Kimberly Hall North in Windsor, has had 35 deaths due to coronavirus outbreak

There have been 35 deaths from COVID-19 at Kimberly Hall North nursing home in Windsor, nearly four times the state’s official number for the facility, as the coronavirus continues to decimate elderly residents of Connecticut’s long-term care facilities. “There’s truly …