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!

Fight for $15 this April 14th

JDO_2818Days after millions of workers in California and New York won historic pay increases to $15/hr, the unstoppable momentum for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they would wage the biggest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.

Fast-food workers will go on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care, nursing home and higher education workers—will lead hundreds of protests.  Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.

Join Us April 14th in Hartford Connecticut

When: • 4:00 – 5:30 PM = Rally
• 5:30 – 7:00 PM = Low-Wage Advisory Board Public Testimony
• Legislative Office Building (next to State Capitol)
Where: 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford (free parking garage in back)

American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.

The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, will zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers will also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.

We need you.  Join us April 14th in Hartford.

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1199 Members Vote to Make Our Union Stronger

smaller I voted 2This 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 whether to give our union increased resources so we can take on the challenges and adversaries that threaten our union.

From December 1st- December 7th members cast ballots at voting locations across the state.  Below are the voting results.

QUESTION #1: Add child care workers to the list of workers in our Union’s jurisdiction?
CT State Employees 1391 321 27
CT Community Programs 189 25 3
CT Hospitals 339 5 2
CT Home Care 112 1 2
CT Nursing Homes 1582 65 8
Rhode Island (All) 496 47 3
TOTAL # 4109 464 45


QUESTION #2: Establishes a new dues schedule and increase the minimum and maximum dues levels
YES NO VOID Provisional Ballots
CT State Employees 1127 612 8 70
CT Community Programs 139 77 1 19
CT Hospitals 315 27 4 20
CT Home Care 112 1 1 14
CT Nursing Homes 1445 192 16 196
Rhode Island (All) 426 100 8 17
TOTAL # 3564 1009 38 336 * Provisional ballots were not determinative in any division

Both questions were passed overwhelmingly by the membership.  Question 2 having been adopted will reflect an increase in dues effective January 1, 2016.  This new structure will set us on the path toward building a stronger union that is equipped to be successful in the 21st century.

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Every vote counts Tuesday, November 4th

Find your polling location here

Call 1 -800- 401 8304.

Polls are open from 6 am – 8 pm.  You can vote as long as you are in line at 8 pm.

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Help decide your future by voting Tuesday, November 4th

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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 all healthcare workers providing care undergo repeated and rigorous training and show competency in putting on and removing personal protective equipment. Also, the new guidelines call for facilities to name a site manager who will be charged with overseeing all processes and protocols related to that treatment.

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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 for decent wages.

Workers at the company accuse Foley of “union busting, essentially hiring replacement workers and refusing to bring back union employees.”

New reports also show that as head of T.B. Wood Foley made over $40 million after workers’ lives were destroyed by the strike.  According to the Baltimore Sun the strike for better wages lasted so long that some workers died and others “lost their homes, declared bankruptcy or separated from their wives in cases where the husband wanted to stick with the strike and the wife wanted to cross the picket line.”

Foley left the workers lives devastated as he walked away with over $40 million.  When asked this week to confirm the reports Foley said “It’s possible.  I don’t remember.”  The workers at the Pennsylvania plant certainly remember the devastation to their lives once Foley took over the company.

As workers in Connecticut we have to do everything we can to keep Foley’s profits over people policies out of our state.

Get active today by calling 860-549-1199 to volunteer or text ACTION to 787753.

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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 ago has grown to thousands of people taking action in over 150 cities. Home care workers were speaking out in support of $15 an hour as well, “I came to stand with fast-food workers because home care workers face the same challenges, the same barriers. We aren’t paid enough to afford simple things like rent or groceries. We are fighting to boost our pay the same way McDonald’s workers are,” said Alicia Brown, a home health care worker from Hartford.

Not only do fast-food jobs pay so little that a majority of industry workers are forced to rely on public assistance, but many workers don’t even see all of the money they earn. In addition to the class-action suits filed against McDonald’s alleging widespread and systematic wage theft, a poll by Hart research showed 89% of fast-food workers have had money stolen from their checks.

After workers and supporters marched in to McDonald’s on 172 Washington St. in Hartford, a group of striking fast food workers blocked and refused to leave Washington Street. Local clergy, elected officials and community supporters joined the workers on the strike line and cheered on the workers who participated in the civil disobedience. 13 fast-food workers from Rhode Island and Connecticut were arrested in the protest.

“Every man has a struggle, but I’m fighting to fix my struggle,” said Sal Lopez who works at McDonald’s in Hartford. “I’m going to fight corporate to fix my future. I’m going to stand proud for $15 and a union.”

The Fight for $15 will help raise the wage floor for all workers in Connecticut. That is why non-union and union members joined together to help fight for a brighter future for our families and our community.


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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 the new law for nursing home transparency:

“Today’s vote sends a strong message to large, out-of-state, for-profit nursing homes that Connecticut is watching where its tax dollars go. With past abuses from certain large, out-of-state chains Connecticut needed to act. State senators took a vital step in safeguarding the $1.6 billion of taxpayer money that nursing homes receive every year. This is a victory for taxpayers, nursing home employees and patients.””

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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 all of the terms of a prior federal injunction.

In a conference call with attorneys for the health care workers and the nursing home company this morning, the Judge ordered HealthBridge to pay back wages and benefits, with interest, to approximately 600 nurses, aides and support staff at five Connecticut nursing homes, retroactive to February 1, 2013.

Read the Hartford Courant’s coverage of the ruling here. For a copy of Judge Chatigny’s order, click here: HealthBridge First Motion for Contempt Ruling 12-23-13.

Judge Chatigny will also impose fines on the company if it fails to comply with his order:

“Upon the failure of HealthBridge to comply with each of the paragraphs of this Order, HealthBridge shall pay [the National Labor Relations] Board $10,000, and a daily compliance fine of $500. For any subsequent violation of any provision of the 10(j) injunction, HealthBridge shall pay the Board a fine of $5,000.”

 In a previous ruling issued on December 11, 2012, granting an injunction sought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against HealthBridge and five individual CT nursing homes, Judge Chatigny ordered the defendants to reinstate the previous wages, benefits and other terms of employment that had been in place under prior contracts covering more than 600 health care workers at those facilities.  Nurses, aides and support staff at the facilities had participated in an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike after HealthBridge and the nursing homes unlawfully implemented unilateral changes, including eliminating pensions and instituting huge increases to the cost of health insurance, to workers’  contracts in June of 2012.

The injunction issued in December 2012 also ordered HealthBridge and the nursing homes to reinstate all of the striking workers to their former positions and schedules. After the company unsuccessfully sought a stay of that injunction, first with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then, twice, with the U.S. Supreme Court, the company indicated it would comply with the terms of the injunction.

However, just prior to the caregivers scheduled return to work in March, 2013, the five CT nursing homes, but not HealthBridge, filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey, where HealthBridge is incorporated, seeking modifications to the contract virtually identical to the terms they had unilaterally imposed which triggered the ULP strike.

“Judge Chatigny found HealthBridge in Contempt of Court today, yet another legal victory for workers and a further sign that HealthBridge cannot get away with its unfair and illegal treatment of its employees,” said David Pickus, President of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU. “How many more millions of taxpayers’ Medicare and Medicaid dollars will they waste on attorney’s fees to find ways to evade their legal responsibilities? How many more times does HealthBridge have to be found guilty of illegal activity, until the company  decides to work with its employees to settle a fair contract?  Until they do, the health and well-being of workers and their patients continues to hang in the balance.”

The Labor Board only seeks injunctive relief in the most egregious cases. In 2011, the Board filed for an injunction in fewer than 4 percent of all federal Complaints issued (see<>.)

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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.

“We always knew HealthBridge would say or do anything, concoct any tall tale in order to avoid obeying the law,” said Noreen Strempski, a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Danbury Health Care Center. “Now we have the evidence – in the words and documents of their own Vice-President.” (more…)

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