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.

CDC Releases Stronger Guidelines for Ebola Protocal

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new and stronger safety standards for health care workers caring for Ebola patients. The updated protocols include personal protective equipment that covers the entire body and leaves no skin exposed. The protocols stress that …

Tom Foley made MILLIONS after workers went on strike for better wages

Troubling news was released this week about profits Tom Foley made while head of T.B. Wood, a Pennsylvania manufacturing company. The Day newspaper broke news about Foley’s actions as head of T.B. Wood, that led to a three year strike by workers fighting …

FIGHT FOR $15 AND A UNION HITS THE STREETS OF HARTFORD

On September 4th over two hundred community activist, union members and fast-food workers took to the streets of Hartford for a minimum wage protest. What started as a few hundred hundred fast-food workers in New York City over two years …

New Haven Register Breaking News

John McKinney looking to downsize state workforce by 5 to 10 percent

Home Care Workers Win Historic Contract

Historic first contract for home care workers has been approved by legislators! Thank you to all who made phone calls, met with lawmakers and talked to your friends and neighbors. You helped make this happen. Together we made history and …

STATEMENT FROM SEIU 1199 PRESIDENT DAVID PICKUS ON NURSING HOME TRANSPARENCY ACT

Connecticut State Senate passes HB 5051, a new act requiring more financial transparency for nursing homes receiving Medicaid funds. SEIU 1199 New England President David Pickus issued the following statement after the Connecticut State Senate voted in favor of passing …

Important Information on New Dental Plan for State Employees

Click on this link to read detailed questions and answers about changes to the state dental plan: Q and A on Changes in Dental Carriers  

Home Care Workers Ratify New Contract

Home care workers celebrated today as their first state contract was ratified.  99.6% of home care workers and providers voted in favor of the contract.  The overwhelming majority decision was met with boisterous applause and cheers.  The contract provides training programs and new rights …

DD Services Bill passes Public Health; Millions added to Approps Budget

Advocacy + Action = RESULTS! We have some very good news to share! →  On Friday, March 21st,  HB 5534 cleared its first hurdle when the Public Health Committee voted 25-1 in favor of expanding DDS services.  Congrats and a …

We’re Voting on our First Home Care Contract!

We did it! We have a tentative agreement for our very first home care contract! By uniting as a union, we became stronger together and gained an effective voice to speak up for ourselves and our consumers. More than a …

New SEBAC “Breakpoint” Agreement Improves Many State Employee Pensions

Increases for all members in Tiers 2, 2a & 3 retiring on or after July 1, 2013 Change in pension multiplier affects all, but targets lower-paid employees A recent improvement to the formula used to calculate state employee pensions means …

Federal Judge Finds HealthBridge in Contempt of Court

HARTFORD, CT— In yet another major legal victory for nursing home workers, U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny (CHAT-nee) today found HealthBridge Management in civil contempt of court and ordered the New Jersey-based nursing home corporation to comply with …

The Votes are In! Delegates Choose 2014 Election Board

At three Delegates Assemblies held in October 2013, 1199 Delegates voted for members of the 2014 Election Board. As specified in our By-Laws, the Election Board consists of seven regular members and seven alternates from across all divisions of the …

NJ Court Filings Show Gross Exaggeration in HealthBridge Bankrutpcy Claims

Recent filings in the ongoing Bankruptcy case of HealthBridge nursing homes in Connecticut cast serious doubt on the financial claims made the New Jersey-based company, which HealthBridge used to avoid complying with the terms of a CT federal court injunction. …

District 1199 Reponds to Recent Attacks by HealthBridge and CareOne

David Pickus, President of New England District 1199, SEIU, issued the following statement on October 10 in response to recent attacks by HealthBridge and CareOne: As caregivers and citizens of the Connecticut community, the members of our union are dismayed …

Federal Trial Exposes the REAL HealthBridge: Company Broke Law In Pursuit of “Breathtaking Concessions”

BREAKING NEWS: NLRB Seeks Injunction against HealthBridge to Block Illegal Cuts

On Friday, September 7, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a petition in federal court to temporarily halt HealthBridge’s implementation of unlawful cuts at five nursing homes that forced nearly 700 Connecticut caregivers out on strike last month.  If …


Approximately 165 workers from striking HealthBridge facilities across Connecticut, their New Jersey colleagues and NYU students held a massive rally outside the company’s headquarters on Thursday to deliver a petition calling on the company to bargain fairly with its employees for a contract that puts patient care before profits.

Multiple Agreements Reached in Negotiations with State of CT; Two Issues Set for Arbitration

Under last year’s SEBAC agreement, our union and the state are each permitted to make up to eight “de minimis” (little or no cost) proposals for negotiations. Tentative agreement has been reached on five issues, two issues are set for …

NLRB Orders Reinstatement & Back Pay for HealthBridge Strikers


In its latest charges against HealthBridge, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the company to “immediately reinstate the unfair labor practice strikers to their former positions, and to reimburse all unfair labor practice strikes for the lost wages and benefits incurred since July 3,” the day on which nearly 700 Connecticut nurses, aides and nursing home support staff went out on strike.