Connecticut nursing home union workers provide updates on the #Strike set to begin Friday at 6:00 AM.
Quotes by Rob Baril, President District 1199NE, SEIU, on the new strike date set for Friday, May 28th affecting seven RegalCare facilities and over 600 workers.
“RegalCare operator Eliyahu Mirlis should not be allowed to run any nursing homes in Connecticut and he should be banned altogether from the healthcare business. Period. This operator has consistently failed to perform his legal responsibility to ensure the safety of residents. The Department of Public Health has once again failed to hold a nursing home operator accountable for the safety and well-being of its residents in a facility.
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“The union members of 1199 New England pride themselves on providing quality care, and bravely went to the front lines in dire circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic. Union workers have a legal right to strike in this industry, particularly against executives like Mr. Mirlis who pay poverty wages and treat caregivers and residents with complete disrespect. The Union delivered timely strike notices to Mr. Mirlis’ facilities on Friday, April 30th.
“We as a union cannot stand by to allow a nursing home operator like Mr. Mirlis and the Department of Public Health to put hundreds of residents at risk by evacuating them to other facilities because Mr. Mirlis did not take our strike notice seriously on April 30th. We are reissuing strike notices at RegalCare facilities for May 28th starting at 6:00 AM, and we demand that the Department of Public Health and Mr. Mirlis meet their legal duties for resident safety with no further delays.”
The seven RegalCare facilities are: Salmon Brook (Glastonbury), Torrington, Waterbury, New Haven, West Haven, Greenwich and Southport.
What: Union Update on Nursing Home Strike
When: Wednesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM
Who: District 1199 New England, SEIU, nursing home workers and Union leaders
Watch the Press Conference below: