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

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. …

Trump Administration Targets Home Care Workforce with Racist CMS Rule Change

HARTFORD – Today, as part of the Trump administration’s ongoing attack against working people and Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a rule that denies more than half a million independent provider home care workers the …

Watch as 1199 member Denitra Pearson expresses the importance of Paid Family & Medical Leave in CT

As a working mother in Connecticut, SEIU1199 member Denitra Pearson experiences firsthand the importance of having the freedom of Paid Family & Medical Leave. Connecticut can be a place where working families can afford to have the freedom of caring …

Learn more about benefits for your home care services

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Home Care Contract Highlights

Wage Increases for PCAs who make less than $15/hour (75% of our Bargaining Unit): PCAs who make less than $15/hour will enjoy a 30% increase in our minimum rates, up to $15/hour by July 2018 and up to $16.25 by …

Home Care Workers Ratify New Contract

For years home care workers have been fighting for $15/hr minimum wage and workers’ compensation.  At last, we have reached a ground-breaking tentative agreement with many important victories for home care workers including: * PCA Minimum wage rising over two …

NEW 1199 AD ON BUDGET CASTS KLARIDES AND FASANO CAST AS “PROTECTORS OF BILLIONAIRES”AS CT AWAITS HEROES

The new ad out today sets Connecticut’s budget drama in an action movie trailer.   The ad sets the stage by opening “In a state where some legislators side with corporate lobbyists to protect billionaires and corporations while attacking middle class …

1199 Members Vote to Make Our Union Stronger

This past week 1199 members voted on two important issues facing our union.  First, members had to decide whether our newly organized child care members would be added to the list of workers in our union’s jurisdiction.  Secondly, members voted on …

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 …