25 nursing home contracts settled

Negotiators have reached agreements on new contracts for workers at 25 of 69 nursing homes where contracts expired earlier this year, according to the union representing the workers.

“We’re a little less than halfway there,” said Deborah Chernoff, spokeswoman for the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU.

The 25 contracts cover about 2,600 nurses, nursing assistants and support staff at homes owned by six different companies. Most are 4-year contracts and all include wage increases, improve or maintain health insurance and pension benefits, according to the union.

The homes are: Hilltop Health Center in Ansonia; Witonbury Care Center in Bloomfield; Birmingham Health Center in Danbury; Kettlebrook Care Center in East Windsor; Farmington Care Center; Hartford’s Chelsea Place, Chestnut Point, Park Place Health Care Center, Trinity Hill; Bidwell Care Center and Westside Care Center in Manchester; Silver Springs Care Center in Meriden; Orange Healthcare Center; Torrington Health & Rehabilitation Center; West Hartford Health & Rehabilitation Center; Laurel Hill Healthcare in Winsted; Aurora Senior Living homes in East Hartford and Waterbury; and Paradigm Healthcare Center homes in New Haven, Norwalk, Prospect, Torrington, Waterbury and West Haven.

A contract for workers at Advanced Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of New Haven, formerly Jewish Home for the Aged, requires approval by a bankruptcy court.

At the remaining homes with contracts that expired in March, the negotiations cover about 3,400 workers.