Home Care

On this page, you will find occasional updates about our campaign to win a voice for Connecticut’s home care workers and to ensure quality care for those that we serve.  For more frequent updates, as well as information for workers, consumers, and family members.

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Home Care Contract

Are you paid by Allied or Sunset Shores and experienced a pay problem?  Here’s a link to fill out and report it: Click here to fill out the grievance form

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 …

“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, …

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 …

Disparities in Hispanic and black death rates much worse than previously reported

After reporting for weeks that Connecticut Hispanics are only half as likely to die from COVID-19 as non-Hispanic whites, state officials now say that Hispanics here are substantially more likely to die from the disease. State officials were also reporting that the …

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 …

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 …

Home Health Aides Seek Basic Protections

by Lisa Backus | Mar 30, 2020 11:30am If Lynda Frank gets sick while working as a home personal care aide, she’s caught between the threat of passing the illness to her clients or not getting paid. “You don’t want to endanger …

Covid-19 FAQ

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Take Action – Regarding Home Care Workers and COVID-19

Act now and send this petition to the Commissioners regarding our well being amidst COVID-19! Toma acción ahora y envía esta petición a los Comisionados para velar por nuestro bienestar durante la crisis de COVID-19 To: DSS Commissioner Deidre Gifford, …

District 1199 Training & Upgrading Info on COVID-19 for PCA’s

PCA In Home Caregiver’s should stay informed with information from the State of CT DDS website: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus Concerning COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and others. Here is a link that includes a Screening Flow Chart for you before …

Wesleyan Janitor Francisco Acosta Granted Year-Long Extension on Stay

University janitor Francisco Acosta was granted a year-long extension on his stay in the United States last Thursday, Jan. 23, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Today Francisco was granted a year extension on his stay of deportation at …

Susan Campbell: We are falling far short in caring for the most vulnerable. Here’s one example.

Andrew John Puglisi’s group home is off a side street in Newington, just five minutes from where he grew up. On a recent day, as holiday decorations were going up around town, a radio played quietly in another room. Puglisi …

Home Care Workers Rally in Enfield – Demanding pay be “On Time, Every Time!”

More than 100 home care workers came out to put Allied Community Resources on notice that workers must be paid accurately “On Time, Every Time.” The home care workers marched to Allied Rehabilitation Center, their payroll agency. “When the money …

New – On Time, Every Time Campaign Video

SEIU Local 1199NE represents some 10,000 independent provider home care workers in Connecticut. While the workers aren’t pulbic employees, they are paid exclusively by public funds. Two fiscal intermediaries are managing the payment system by the Connecticut Department of Social …

“On the Job, 24 Hours A Day, 27 Days A Month” – A New York Times Article

A home health aide for a 77-year-old man serves as social worker, diaper changer, dietitian, day planner, warden and more — all at dismal wages. The New York Times released an article detailing what the home health aides typically go …

A new rule would bar home care workers from deducting union dues from paychecks. It’s unfair.

By KAY WRIGHT | SPECIAL TO HARTFORD COURANT | JUN 07, 2019 | 6:00 AM The Trump administration recently issued a new rule that could prevent home care workers like me from using payroll deduction to contribute to our union. …