Union nursing home workers at Icare facilities agreed to a new contract that sets a historic $20 per hour minimum wage for certified nursing assistants and $30 per hour for licensed practical nurses, averting Friday’s nursing home strike. On top of the wage increases for all workers, all Icare workers will also have a pension
The State of Connecticut must provide adequate funding for public services to save lives. The COVID-19 pandemic and its side effects have magnified the importance of building a robust structure to address unprecedented need for services the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Correction.
Op-Ed from the Hartford Courant: ‘When COVID-19 hit Connecticut’s nursing homes, we cared for your loved ones, but we got no love back’
I’m not an old person. I’m 48 years old. But there are days when I get up and I just can’t move. My joints are so stiff. All because of COVID-19. I feel angry. I am among the forgotten casualties of this pandemic. A year ago, on March 23, I had to leave work because
More than 100 long-term care workers blocked traffic in Hartford at the Department of Social Services to draw attention to the treatment of caregivers providing services in home care, group homes and nursing homes. Workers gathered at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Flowers Street in demand of living wages and basic benefits like access
Luz Morales was working as a certified nursing assistant at RegalCare at Waterbury, a nursing home, when she fell ill with COVID-19. At home, her 70-year-old mother, Nicia, looked in on her. “I could see the concern in her soft brown eyes,” Morales recalls. “‘Como te sientes?’ she asked me. ‘Un poquito mejor,’ I answer.
Labor-based coalition urges Lamont, lawmakers to tax wealthy to fund ‘people’s recovery’ from pandemic
A coalition of labor leaders, progressive legislators and other activists upped the pressure Monday on Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly to tax Connecticut’s wealthy to preserve vital services coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. The “People’s Recovery” plan offered by the Bargaining for the Common Good coalition is centered on households earning more
HARTFORD, CT – Health care workers kept a safe distance from each other as they gathered on the north steps of the state Capitol Tuesday night to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and their rights in the workplace. “Nine months of sacrifice. Nine months of suffering. Nine months of fear. Nine months of
Frontline long-term caregivers look back at the early days of the pandemic The New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199NE, SEIU, and the Union’s Training and Upgrade Fund are proud to present the book “Care Under COVID.” Union nursing home caregivers and home care workers will be sharing their stories from the front lines
Join us today in Hartford at Shiloh Baptist Church for a press conference and rally to demand a People’s Budget. A budget that prioritizes the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities, not billionaires and corporations. With elected officials, representatives from local communities, faith and labor based organizations… Workers For Justice: https://www.facebook.com/WorkersForJustice SEIU CT State
We are extremely disappointed that the Department of Public Health was not able to step in earlier and do better to fix the problems observed at Three Rivers in Norwich. After nearly six months working with COVID-19 in Connecticut’s nursing homes, and after thousands of residents have passed away, Three Rivers is another example of