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!

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

1199 Members Meet with State Legislator; Push to Increase Education and Training Grants

On Monday, March 19th, State Representative Kevin Ryan came to the 1199 Training Fund office to meet with members and a Training Fund instructor regarding proposed legislation that will substantially increase state spending on “Incumbent Worker Training” grants. These grants …

Profiles in Greed: Daniel E. Straus, HealthBridge Owner

In its “Know Your Trustees” series, NYU Local has this profile of Daniel Straus, one of the owners of HealthBridge – which has illegally locked out 100 caregivers in Milford since December 2011, and is threatening to close its other …