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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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Nursing Home Residents and Workers to Hold Strike

HARTFORD — In the second week of an Unfair Labor Practice strike by almost 400 nursing home caregivers employed by Spectrum Healthcare, labor organizations around the state today will join current and former residents of Spectrum nursing homes to support the striking workers.

Nursing home residents will address the high quality of care they received at the Park Place Health Center prior to the strike, and the very different conditions that now prevail with caregivers on the picket line and replacement workers in the facilities.

Other labor unions and community organizations will join members of District 1199, the state’s largest union of health care workers, at a rally outside the Park Place Health Center to protest Spectrum’s unfair labor practices, and the company’s threat to permanently replace Spectrum workers for exercising their legal right to strike.

The walkout began on  April 15 at 6 a.m. at Spectrum’s skilled nursing homes in Hartford, Derby, Ansonia and Winsted. Late on Thursday, April 22, attorneys for Spectrum confirmed a first date of May 3 for a return to contract negotiations but only for one of the facilities, Laurel Hill in Winsted. Park Place in Hartford will resume contract talks on May 10. Spectrum has not yet agreed to dates for the other two facilities

The contracts for Park Place, Laurel Hill, Birmingham Health Center (Derby) andHilltop Health Center(Ansonia) expired more than a year ago, on March 15, 2009. More than 30 other nursing homes in Connecticut in which contracts expired on or after that date have since come to agreements, without strikes, with members of District 1199.

WHO: Current and former nursing home residents of Park Place Health Center

Striking Spectrum workers, other members of District 1199

Labor organizations including:

Greater Hartford Labor Council

Hartford Federation of Teachers

American Association of University Professors

Administrative and Residuals Union

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

WHAT: Rally and Picket Line

WHEN: Saturday, April 24th, 2020

11 AM – 12 Noon

WHERE: Outside Park Place Health Center

5 Greenwood Street, Hartford

(off Park Street)

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