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Conn. Nursing Home Workers Begin Strike at 5 Homes

Conn. Nursing Home Workers Begin Strike at 5 Homes
Protesters claim NJ labor concessions don't apply to them.

About 700 staff members at five nursing homes in Connecticut have carried out their threatened strike against five Connecticut nursing homes to protest what they say are labor concessions imposed by the New Jersey company that owns the facilities.

Nurses, nursing assistants, laundry, dietary, housekeeping and other workers walked picket lines Tuesday morning. Deborah Chernoff, a spokeswoman for District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, said HealthBridge/Care One, which owns the homes in Danbury, Milford, Newington, Stamford and Westport, broke off negotiations and illegally imposed a contract that cuts workers' hours and makes health insurance unaffordable.
Company representatives did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A company spokeswoman had previously said the union's contract proposals are unrealistic and that HealthBridge will remain open and provide excellent care during the strike.