Employees working with the elderly in two Connecticut nursing homes are on strike. The strike comes after contact negotiations with Spectrum Corporation that included a pay cut to $10 an hour for any worker injured on the job. This was unacceptable to the workers, union officials and local politicians. In addition, the corporation has been cited by OSHA as the company with one of the worst safety violation records in the state.
The two nursing homes in question are Hilltop and Birmingham. The workers have been on strike for 101 days and on Saturday a ten mile caravan helped bring attention to the workers plight. The caravan of community supporters, elected officials and union members walked and drove from New Haven to Ansonia and Derby. Carmen Boudier, president of 1199 New England, was a speaker during the march and rally.
“Our members have devoted years of their lives to the patients inside,” she stated. “These workers are fighting to give the best health care. They deserve to be treated with respect.”
Many of the family members of the workers patients support the workers decision to strike. They have even formed a group to support the strike. 400 nursing, dietary, housekeeping and laundry workers went on strike April 15. It has been more than one year since their contracts expired.
The workers compensation attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren understand the difficulties health care workers face each day. We hope that the workers involved in the strike are able to retain their rights and get back to their patients soon.