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Strikers Plan To Rally On Gov’s Doorstep

HARTFORD — Organizers of an ongoing strike say they plan to take the rally this Thursday to the governor–on her doorsteps.

Nursing home workers on strike at four nursing homes operated by Spectrum Healthcare plans to rally Thursday outside the governor’s residence in Hartford, demanding that Gov. Jodi Rell fill a state position designed to investigate and prevent Elder Abuse that has been vacant since Nov. 2009.

At a hearing conducted on June 24 by the legislative committee on Public Health and Human Services, family members and caregivers shared testimony about deteriorating conditions at the Park Place, Birmingham, Laurel Hill and Hilltop Health Centers since 375 nurses, aides and support staff began an Unfair Labor Practice strike on April 15, organizers say.

 At that hearing, workers learned for the first time that the state’s “Elder Abuse” position has been vacant for months since the state implemented its Retirement Incentive Program last year.

The striking health care workers say they will call on  Rell to take action to protect hundreds of residents in the Spectrum homes.

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