On Wednesday, March 1st, in the Legislative Office Building, home care providers, Union leaders, and community partners rally and engage in civil disobedience to denounce the State of Connecticut’s failure to deliver on the health insurance stipend benefit won in our PCA Union contract.
Over 1,500 of the state’s 11,000 independent waiver personal care attendants covered by the Union contract will be left without the insurance stipend, which adds up to $1,950 for full-time, to pay for their personal health insurance as the application process expired last Friday, February 24th. The state’s month long delay in submitting its proposal for federal funding approval, followed by its lackluster efforts to communicate these benefits to PCAs and payroll agencies, has resulted in fewer than 30 stipend approvals of the estimated 1,500 PCAs who qualify.
For decades, home care providers have made substantial economic sacrifices and, in many cases, survived without access to affordable health insurance, housing, paid sick days, and assets for retirement. The State of Connecticut must comply with our Union contract in good faith and extend the application deadline so PCAs can beat poverty and care for their health.
SEIU District 1199NE, the New England Health Care Employees Union, represents over 25,000 caregivers in Connecticut and some 4,000 in Rhode Island. Historically known as “1199” going back to the Civil Rights Movement, we are a bold, democratic Union with a long activist tradition fighting for racial and economic justice to improve the lives of Black, Latina, Native American, APII, and white working-class communities.
What: Civil disobedience action
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 12:20 PM
Where: Inside Legislative Office Building Atrium (inside main entrance); 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford
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Media Contact: Pedro Zayas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-830-2478
District 1199, SEIU, New England Health Care Employees Union
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