Hundreds of group home residents, trapped in a game of state budget brinkmanship, could be transferred into nursing homes.
Seven nursing homes are postponing their strike by two weeks.
Battered by the pandemic, low-paid workers and cash-strapped nursing homes ask state for help
Increased pay, more protective equipment included in deal.
The strike comes as Norwich and the nearby city of New London are seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases.
The state’s largest health care workers’ union has again called off a threat to strike, following a pledge by governor to increase rates for nursing homes.
Connecticut’s largest health care employee union set a June 3 strike deadline if additional funding for pay raises isn’t added to the state budget.
With negotiations ongoing with the Lamont administration, a threatened work stoppage is on hold.
Workers at state nursing homes want the legislature to budget an estimated $40 million for raises.
The employees work for private agencies in group homes and day programs that receive state funding, with the majority of that coming from the state Department of Developmental Services. The strike vote is aimed at prodding the legislature to increase funding for these programs.
David Pickus, president of SEIU 1199 New England, appreciates the value of the care provided to the disabled by thousands of Connecticut workers. But he’s not sure state legislators do. He’ll be finding out in a few days, he says, when he meets with state officials to determine whether they can come to wage and program funding terms that will avert a strike tentatively scheduled for next month.