A Medicaid rate increase for wages and health benefits is key part of the deal
Governor taps National Guard to be ready in event of strike Friday
SEIU District 1199 New England added six more nursing homes to the potential strike.
A work stoppage could exceed 5,000 caregivers if nursing home staffers strike as well.
With a big budget reserve and federal funding, legislative leaders are confident Connecticut can avert a nursing home strike.
State health officials have begun preparations in advance of threatened strikes planned for May 1 at 20 Connecticut nursing homes.
A healthcare union closely allied with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday it has acceded to a request by the governor for a postponement of a nursing home strike by 3,500 workers in 20 communities.