As many of our members already know, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often called District 1199 “my favorite union.” The special relationship between Dr. King and our union began in the late 1950s and early ‘60s when 1199 launched large organizing drives and strikes by NYC hospital workers. The movement to end the Vietnam War brought
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 of care for the residents we care for – and they are threatening to lock
Not long ago, PCAs in Massachusetts were struggling to give their consumers the best possible care in the face of uncertainty. They were facing unstable funding and possible cuts in hours–on top of receiving no benefits and no sick time or paid time off.
New Haven resident Caldwell Johnson hires PCAs through an agency for assist him with everyday things, including help getting out of bed, showering, getting dressed and cleaning his home. He needs at least eight hours a day of services to live an independent life at home, but is unable to find PCAs to work more
A Quality Home Care Council Home caregivers provide the critical assistance that allows consumers to live independently in their own homes, yet the home care system is riddled with challenges for consumers and caregivers alike. Most caregivers receive low wages, no health insurance, and no sick or vacation time—conditions that result in high turnover and
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 of sick days that had been cut. Similarly, 100 Sunbridge LPNs who organized at Governor’s
Retiring 1199 President Carmen Boudier and newly-elected President David Pickus each offered a few words to the November 2011 Delegates’ Assembly. You can watch their speeches here.
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Executive Order Creates an Official Voice for Consumers and Providers in Addressing Child Care and Home Care Workforce Crises Hartford – Connecticut’s seniors, people with disabilities, and young children applaud Governor Dannel P. Malloy for signing an executive order that will improve the quality and stability of care they
On November 17, leaders from the union and disability advocacy movements joined together to sign a historic document called “Guiding Principles: For Partnerships with Unions and Emerging Worker Organizations When Individuals Direct Their Own Services and Supports.” For nearly three years, SEIU, ADAPT, the Center for Self Determination, and the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services have collaborated to