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In Connecticut, over 19,000 workers belong to District 1199. We represent nurses, CNAs, technicians, clerical employees, service & maintenance workers, and more in a variety of settings that including state service, nursing homes, hospitals, community programs for the developmentally disabled, and other important programs.  Scroll down below to read about what 1199 members in Connecticut have been doing.

Family of Norwich Nursing Home Residents Raise Concerns; DPH Investigation Into Outbreak Continues

The Department of Public Health continues to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Norwich. According to DPH, as of last Thursday 13 residents and two staff members at Three Rivers Healthcare tested positive for the virus. Several …

Frank Lalli the Health Care Detective™ : Mathematica Interim Report on COVID-19 Outbreak in Connecticut Nursing Homes

Bipartisan lawmakers yesterday slammed Gov. Ned Lamont’s $450,000 interim report on how his administration has failed to stop Covid-19 from killing 3,000 senior living residents so far – more than 10% of that vulnerable population – and what it needs …

Report finds CT long-term care facilities were not prepared for COVID-19

FOX61 has been aggressively covering the story of how COVID-19 has impacted longterm care facilities, their residents and their workers. Now, a new report sheds light on how it got so bad — so fast. Mathematica Policy and Research just …

One dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Norwich nursing home; state says at least 15 people infected

The state Department of Public health is investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a Norwich nursing home, where at least one resident has died and several are hospitalized after a supervisor returned from an out-of-state trip and tested positive when she …

COVID, cash bail and ‘drive-by therapy’: a deadly combination

When prison officials found Daniel Ocasio lifeless on his bunk last week at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center with a COVID-19 mask wrapped around his neck, he became the third incarcerated person to die by suicide in Connecticut this year. Ocasio, …

Report offers clues to what went wrong in lethal COVID outbreak in nursing homes

COVID-19 hit nursing homes in the Northeast states particularly hard, but those living in Connecticut long term care facilities died more frequently than in any other state – a result of missteps by the state and a nursing home industry …

State extends funding for nursing home staff testing through October

State officials, who had planned to fund the broad testing of nursing home staff through Aug. 31, are extending their financial support through late October, pointing to the importance of identifying carriers of the virus and preventing further spread. Deidre …

Free Testing for Asymptomatic or Symptomatic PCAs

Please see below the links to the health center web sites.  This is the best means to access FREE testing that does not require a doctor’s order, and is available to PCAs and other community members whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. …

Home Care – August 2020 Newsletter

Union Home Care Workers Win 7.5% Increase in Hazard Pay All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in …

Deadline to Apply for Provider Relief Funds is Sunday, September 13th!

The federal government is providing payments to Medicaid providers, including PCAs, for COVID-19 related costs. This can include lost income (due to fewer hours because of COVID-related issues), new expenses for things like PPE, child care or transportation that are …

Union Home Care Workers Win 7.5% Increase in Hazard Pay – Press Release for 7.29.2020

All home care workers protected by District 1199’s union contract with Connecticut’s Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services will receive a lump sum of hazard pay in the amount of 7.5% for all hours worked in the …

State Unions Coalition Lauds Gov. Lamont’s Action to Protect Frontline Essential Workers

HARTFORD – The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today issued the following statement on Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order providing workers who contracted COVID-19 on the job with presumed worker’s compensation coverage: “We applaud Governor Lamont for listening to …

Nursing home administrators offer mixed answers for COVID outbreaks, deaths

In a virtual hearing Tuesday, nursing home operators were grilled about why so many patients died of COVID-19. Nursing home operators said outbreaks were unavoidable. “The bad actor is the virus, and not anything nursing homes did, or didn’t, do,” …

Support the Long-Term Care Workers’ Bill of Rights

Long-term caregivers keep fighting on the front lines to protect Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. Nursing home workers, home care workers, group home workers and other caregivers in nontraditional settings have risked their lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic to …

‘Sad and tragic:’ Federal nursing home data show at least 3,400 staffers infected, 14 dead

One night in April, after coming off her shift at a Farmington nursing home, Chasity Williams started to feel sick. Her stomach hurt. She had trouble breathing. Her appetite vanished. In the days that followed, she began to vomit and …

“Home care workers like me deserve a wage that provides dignity and respect”

For me, July 1 is my “a little more Independence Day.” I’m getting a raise from $15.85 to $16.25 an hour, along with 10,000 personal care attendants like me who with our union negotiated a raise through Connecticut’s Medicaid waiver program. It’s …

Home Care – Raises, Hazard Pay, Masks & Holiday Pay coming up – Updates 7.1.20

Este correo electrónico estará disponible en español pronto. The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism have exposed that, too often, essential workers are treated as if we’re expendable. Over the past months, thousands of PCAs have signed petitions, made phone calls, …

Lamont Allows Reduced Testing Of Nursing Home Workers, Cites Changing Federal Guidance

State officials have announced that they’re scaling back COVID-19 testing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It’s a policy shift that comes as a major union representing eldercare workers said 14 of its members died after contracting COVID-19. Earlier …

ICare Delegates Meeting – Tuesday 6/23

Join us for and ICare Delegates meeting Tuesday 6/23 at 5:30pm Time: Jun 23, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98369886893 Meeting ID: 983 6988 6893 One tap mobile +13126266799,,98369886893# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,98369886893# US (New …

Thousands gather at state Capitol on Juneteenth; protesters confront Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin over defunding police

 Thousands of racial justice protesters marched through Hartford on Friday, rallying at the Capitol and later confronting Mayor Luke Bronin outside his home over the issue of police funding. On the Capitol steps, organizers from the group BA Undivided listed …