On Monday, May 29, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, union group home and day program workers will continue to strike at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, and Dayville in demand of livable wages, affordable health insurance and a pension after decades of service. All strike lines will be consolidated in Hartford at the Governor’s Residence, and Dayville at 60A Hartford Pike.
Striking workers will be joined by home care personal care attendants or PCAs, a growing sector of long-term care workers funded by Medicaid that is struggling with homelessness, poverty wages and lack of health insurance.
Over 1,700 striking group home and day program caregivers are demanding a pathway to $25/hr minimum wage, affordable healthcare and funding for retirement after decades of service.
To achieve these improvements in compensation and economic justice, strikers are demanding an additional $400 million in this state budget in Medicaid funding for group homes and day programs that care for individuals with disabilities. This Medicaid funding, which requires $200 million in state funds and $200 million matched by federal funds, will lift both union and nonunion group home workers out of poverty in Connecticut.
The strike continues at all six agencies, serving approximately 1,500 clients: Oak Hill, Mosaic, Whole Life, Network, Caring Community, and Alternative Services, Inc.
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, AAPI, and white working-class communities.
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