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Tentative settlement reached in Windsor nursing home strike

Journal Inquirer - 5/18/2022

May 18—WINDSOR — Unionized workers at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation said today they've reached a tentative agreement with the nursing home's management, ending a strike that began April 22.

"We are pleased to announce that SEIU 1199 NE Members along with Management at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation have reached a tentative agreement that provides competitive wages and benefits to frontline workers," the union said in a statement today.

The union said it ended the strike on Tuesday morning. It said its members and nursing home management "will move forward in a cooperative manner that prioritizes the continued provision of quality care to the facility's residents."

Workers from New England Health Care Employees Union, SEIU 1199, went on strike April 22, complaining about low pay, caring for up to 60 patients some shifts, and no access to affordable health insurance.

Before the strike began, the union had announced tentative agreements to avoid strikes with nursing homes Avery Heights, Bloomfield Health Care Center, the Hebrew Home for Health and Rehabilitation, and Mapleview Health and Rehabilitation.

The union filed unfair labor practices against Windsor Rehab for negotiating with unlicensed nursing staff, and having them work for two to three weeks without wages in exchange for paying for licenses, union spokesperson Pedro Zavas said.


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