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!

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 …

State of Connecticut to HealthBridge: No, You Can’t Close Wethersfield

The Hartford Courant is reporting that the State of Connecticut: has denied permission for Wethersfield Health Care Center to close, even as the owners of the nursing home have been aggressively publicizing its closure and encouraging its residents to leave.  […] …

Waterbury Hospital Workers Picket, Then March Into Negotiations

On the day their union contract was set to expire, health care workers employed by Waterbury Hospital demonstrated their anger at the status of contract bargaining (which began on January 25th) by picketing outside of their facility in advance of …

NLRB Issues Federal Complaint against HealthBridge for Unlawful Lockout and Bad Faith Bargaining, Orders Trial

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a sweeping federal Complaint today against HealthBridge Management/Care One, saying the long-term care corporation “failed and refused to bargain in good faith with the Union” in negotiations for new contracts for 800 caregivers …

Full House at Waterbury Board of Aldermen Demands Meeting with LHP

More than one hundred 1199 members from Waterbury Hospital – along with our community allies – packed the Waterbury Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday, February 21.  We called on the Board of Aldermen to set up a meeting between …

HealthBridge Tries Blackmail to Extort Concessions from Caregivers

In a letter dated February 13, HealthBridge has threatened to close all of its union facilities in Connecticut, putting 1200 nursing home residents at risk of eviction to serve corporate greed and increase its investors’ profits.

Will a Hospital Takeover Improve Health Care & Protect Jobs in Waterbury?

Since the LHP Hospital Group – a Texas-based for-profit hospital group owned in part by a private equity firm – first proposed taking over and merging Waterbury and St. Mary’s Hospitals, hundreds of residents of Waterbury have raised serious concerns about …

1199NE President: If HealthBridge Wins, We All Lose

Last week, the Hartford Courant published a shameful editorial siding with the rich owners of HealthBridge who locked out nursing home workers two months ago.  Their column even advised locked-out workers that paying up to $7,000 more out of pocket for …

Locked-Out Caregivers Turn Up the Heat on HealthBridge’s Owners

Back-to-back actions by locked-out caregivers and residents’ family members from HealthBridge’s West River Health Center in Milford, CT are making news headlines in Connecticut and New York.  The New Haven Register reported on a candlelight vigil in Milford on Sunday, …

VIDEO: Families and Caregivers Speak Out About HealthBridge

HealthBridge Greed Puts Residents at Risk

HealthBridge nursing homes should be putting fragile residents’ needs first, but they are more concerned with putting profits in the pockets of their out-of-state investors.  They have locked out more than 100 caregivers in Milford, CT and disrupted the continuity …

Workers at SunBridge Healthcare Win with 1199

Workers at Madison House (Madison, CT), owned by SunBridge Healthcare, recently voted 51-2 to form a union with 1199. Their first contract reduces employees’ health insurance costs, gains them access to the 1199 Training Fund, and includes raises and restoration …

Weathersfield 1199 Members Say: “Keep Our Community’s Nursing Home Open”

On November 21, Wethersfield Health Center 1199 members delivered over 300 petition signatures to CT Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby’s office, urging DSS to keep our community’s nursing home OPEN.  The petitions – signed by nursing home residents, …