Nursing Homes & Hospitals

On this page, you will find ongoing updates about the activities of 1199 members who work for nursing homes and hospitals in Connecticut.  Scroll below to read any current posts – and check back soon for updates!

SEIU WORKERS ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENT OF MALLOY AND WYMAN

Workers from the Service Employees International Union, Connecticut’s largest union, held a press conference today to endorse Dan Malloy for governor and Nancy Wyman for lieutenant governor. Workers from locals 1199 New England, Connecticut State Employees Association (CSEA), 32 BJ, …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.


Caregivers at West River Health Care Center in Milford have been striking in the presence of a newfound feline friend who has become a daily fixture on the picket lines. “Scabby” was with caregivers last winter when their employer, HealthBridge Management, illegally locked out workers in the freezing cold. Now the loyal cat has returned to lend his support once again to those striking against HealthBridge’s unlawful implementation of deep cuts to their pay and benefits.

Families Say Care Is Suffering at HealthBridge


Family members have been noticing a decrease in the quality of care at HealthBridge nursing homes since a strike involving more than 600 caregivers began earlier this month. New workers were quickly hired as replacements, but have struggled to provide the same care and services as their normal caregivers, according to family members of residents in Danbury and Milford.

HealthBridge Workers Visit Employer’s NYU Institute


HealthBridge caregivers gathered in New York City on Wednesday to visit the Straus Institute at NYU Law School, endowed with millions by HealthBridge principal Daniel Straus while his company cuts $30 million in wages and benefits for Connecticut caregivers over the next six years.

Judge Rules that HealthBridge Violated Federal Law; First in a Series of Expected Decisions on NLRB Complaints

In the first of an expected series of decisions on multiple National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Complaints against HealthBridge Management, a Judge has ruled that the nursing home corporation violated federal labor law by “interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees.”

Connecticut Governor Calls HealthBridge Management’s Tactics “Unacceptable”; Joins Picket Line

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman are joining a growing chorus of voices — including residents’ family members, elected officials, and other community leaders — to lend support to 700 nursing home workers on strike since last week …

MAJOR NEWS: NLRB Issues FIFTH Complaint Against HealthBridge for Violating the Law

HealthBridge “failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the Union” when it implemented changes to wages, hours and other conditions of employment, the National Labor Relations Board stated in a sweeping federal Complaint issued on Friday, July 6 …

Nursing Home Resident’s Son Calls on HealthBridge to Negotiate Fairly with Caregivers

The following letter to the editor  appeared in the CT Post in support of the HealthBridge caregivers, written by the son of a long-term resident of West River Health Center in Milford: I am writing in reference to your story “HealthBridge workers set to …

Press Coverage of HealthBridge Strike

State and national media outlets are paying close attention to why 700 caregivers at five HealthBridge nursing homes in Connecticut decided to begin a strike on July 3.  The Hartford Courant interviewed residents’ family members and workers outside of the Newington …

Why Are 600 Nursing Home Caregivers on Strike at HealthBridge?

1199 caregivers at five HealthBridge nursing homes in Connecticut began strikes on July 3 over unfair labor practices after the company unlawfully ended negotiations and unilaterally implemented what it claimed was its “last, best and final” offer.

Unity is Strength! More HealthBridge Workers Join Together in 1199


A group of nursing home workers at the Danbury Health Center – owned by HealthBridge – recently voted 10 to 1 to join with 1199, uniting their strength with the rest of the workers at Danbury and throughout HealthBridge who are part of the union.

HealthBridge Lockout Ends, Victory in Sight for Caregivers and Residents

As pressure from residents, family members, community members and elected officials mounts — and the number of citations from the CT Department of Public Health and National Labor Relations Board pile up by the day — it’s clear that HealthBridge …