Connecticut

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.

Most Nursing Home Workers in New Survey Say ‘Life is at Risk’ Daily From Coronavirus

More than three months after a nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., became the center of the country’s first coronavirus outbreak, a majority of nursing home workers believe they’re risking their lives on the job and that their employers are not doing enough to protect …

You Don’t Have To Call Me A Hero – New Advertisement

Connecticut’s state workers are risking their lives in the front lines of novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, some politicians want to take away our wages to “balance the budget.” State unions have recently given back over $24 billion in bargaining concessions. As …

From Covid-19 to Police Accountability, Let Us Breathe – A Letter from President Rob Baril

PDF Version – Available Here: https://bit.ly/2XBGGOR Disponible en español aquí: Desde Covid-19 hasta Responsabilidad Policiaca, Queremos Respirar Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this …

Some Nursing Homes Get Virus Aid But Don’t Pay Infected Workers

Renee Morgan, a housekeeper at a nursing home in St. Louis, caught Covid-19 in late April and considered herself lucky. Her case was mild. Her quarantine wasn’t. Morgan, 57, was stunned to learn that her employer, Blue Circle Rehab and …

Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.

On Dec. 15, 2016, the nation’s largest nursing home lobby wrote a letter to Donald Trump, congratulating the president-elect and urging him to roll back new regulations on the long-term care industry. One item on the wish list was a …

Trabajadores del Depto. de Corrección buscan acción estatal para detener contagio de COVID-19 en prisiones de Connecticut

Connecticut Hartford Trabajadores del Depto. de Corrección buscan acción estatal para detener contagio de COVID-19 en prisiones de Connecticut Por Redaccion de la Voz Hispana  – May 26, 2020 30 0 Share Por Larry Dorman HARTFORD.- La fuerza laboral del …

Disparities in Hispanic and black death rates much worse than previously reported

After reporting for weeks that Connecticut Hispanics are only half as likely to die from COVID-19 as non-Hispanic whites, state officials now say that Hispanics here are substantially more likely to die from the disease. State officials were also reporting that the …

Federal Workplace Safety Officials Investigate Three Connecticut Nursing Homes

Federal workplace safety inspectors are investigating the death or hospitalization of at least three Connecticut elder care workers due to complications from COVID-19. The investigations come as union officials say at least six unionized nursing home employees have died from …

Health Care Heroes: Saluting Front-Line Workers in the Battle Against the Coronavirus

They don’t wear capes. But they do have masks. Doctors left their private practices to help staff emergency rooms and intensive care units. Nurses held the hands of dying patients too contagious to see their family members. At some nursing homes, …

Even with expanding COVID-19 testing, DOC employees describe ‘a perfect storm’ within Connecticut prisons and jails

Even as the state Department of Correction significantly expands COVID-19 testing of incarcerated people, agency employees say that deep concerns persist about adequate social distancing and medical staffing in Connecticut prisons and jails. Gabby Bottino, an LPN at Osborn Correctional …

Details for the Delegate Assembly – RSVP by Monday 5/25!

We are hosting a State Delegate meeting via Zoom on Thursday, May 28 at 11AM and a second meeting at 7PM. We will be discussing our 2020 – 2021 contract campaign so it is important that as many of our …

‘Money Bags and Body Bags’ protest rolls through affluent Greenwich neighborhoods

A noisy caravan of union demonstrators descended on Greenwich on Thursday afternoon, putting a spotlight on what they say are the health risks and medical burdens faced by service workers due to imbalances in the economic system during the coronavirus …

Progressives look to bring CT’s tax fairness debate to the grassroots level

The next Connecticut income tax debate is heating up — but not at the Capitol. A key state legislative caucus is crafting a letter urging town and city councils, local political committees and other grassroots groups to press Gov. Ned …

‘We’re essential workers and we’re hurting right now’: Coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on nursing home employees

With the coronavirus tearing through the Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford, Cassondra Diaz was careful to take precautions. She always wore a mask, even though she worked as a bookkeeper in the front office, not providing direct care to …

DMHAS Workers Participate in Caravan to Protect Essential Mental Health Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

State mental health workers participated in a car caravan Thursday to express their concerns over the growing denial of care services at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and projected cuts as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Over …

Nursing home workers say they’re still not getting enough PPE

Nursing home workers lined the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding PPE. They say their companies are not providing enough of it and want the state to step in. The Grimes Center Currently has 31 percent of their residents …

US nursing homes seek legal immunity as Covid-19 spreads ‘like brushfire’

The US nursing home industry is clamoring for legal immunity during the coronavirus pandemic, even as horror stories from hard-hit facilities enrage families, consumer advocates and the American public. Healthcare organizations insist liability protections are essential for under-resourced nursing homes …

Widespread testing has begun at nursing homes. So far, staff are excluded

Widespread testing at nursing homes across Connecticut has begun, part of a push by Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to curb the spread of COVID-19 among one of the state’s most vulnerable populations. But operators at some of the homes said Tuesday that …

DMHAS Members – Join the Movement!

Dear 1199 Member: Over the last month, more than 1,400 DMHAS 1199 members have signed a petition to Commissioner Delphin-Rittmon; our delegates have had two meetings with DMHAS Administration, and we are seeing some progress on our demands. However — …

Home health aide: ‘They are playing a game with our lives’

Janell Roberts was stunned when she opened a box of personal protective equipment shipped by the state Department of Social Services to her home care client last week. West Haven resident Michael Whelan has four aides, including Roberts, come to …