Good union home care jobs must be at the center of fixing our nation’s overstretched and underfunded long-term care system and addressing the systemic racism and sexism that devalues essential home care workers. SEIU home care workers and caregiving activists across the country are taking action on Home Care Day 2020 to call on elected
Do you ever feel like you don’t have a voice at work? Does management make important decisions without your input? Would the owners rather increase their profits than improve patient care? YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Over the last 40 years, tens of thousands of health care workers in Connecticut and Rhode Island have come together on the job — uniting across our differences — to form a union in District 1199. Even during difficult economic times, health care workers are able to stand together and win:
A voice in decisions that affect us and our patients
Respect and dignity on the job
Fair and equal treatment
Safe staffing levels to ensure quality care
Benefits and raises that our families can count on
And much more!
If you want to organize a union at your job, the first step is to call the union office and speak with an organizer. If you work in Connecticut, call (860) 549-1199. If you work in Rhode Island, call (401) 457-5099. If you work in another state, please click here to learn more about SEIU in your state.
You can also scroll through the articles below to learn about some of the recent 1199 organizing victories.
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 Gifford, Connecticut’s interim public health commissioner, said in late July that the state had no
Negotiations will continue with 16 remaining nursing homes without contracts. Over 1,000 caregivers reached an agreement for a new contract with iCare facilities on Friday to avert a strike in Connecticut nursing homes. The new contract covers a period of March 2017 through March 2021, with a commitment for significant wage increases each year retroactive
More than 275 direct support professionals at the Mentor Network, REM Connecticut Community Services have formed their union with SEIU District 1199. Votes were counted on August 1, and the count was 144 to 48 — a 3 to 1 margin of victory! Despite tough employer opposition, workers stood up for respect, better pay and
After 6 and a half hours of debate, the Connecticut State Senate passed legislation on May 3rd that grants family child care providers and home care workers the right to negotiate with the state for better pay and benefits and improved training.
This week, workers at two nursing homes owned by the Genesis Healthcare Corporation in Rhode Island voted to approve new collective bargaining agreements. Workers at Genesis Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Greenville and Pawtucket had been negotiating with management for more than eight months. The company tried to increase the cost of our health insurance to $105 a
By standing together and speaking out at negotiations, a new group 1199 members at the May Institute, who joined the union in September 2011 by a vote of 66 to 18, fought for and won a 3% raise for all union workers. During the campaign to organize their union and win their election, management broke the law
School and group home workers who serve troubled youth near Manchester, CT at New Hope Manor voted overwhelmingly to form their union with SEIU Healthcare 1199NE on January 25 – with 85% of employees voting YES for the union. In total, 85 employees united together across several different worksites at New Hope Manor: a
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.