Labor Unions

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McDonald’s workers went on strike Friday at travel plazas along Interstate 95 in Connecticut.

Rob Baril, president of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU, speaks about wage increases for workers at a press event in April.
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The union that represents thousands of group home workers in Connecticut said it is once again delaying a planned strike as it negotiates with the state.

UPDATE: Lamont Reaches Deal To Avert Nursing Home Strike

May 13, 2021
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont reached a deal between the state’s largest health care workers’ union and the nursing home industry late Thursday afternoon that would avert a strike Friday at 26 facilities. The nursing home operators still must finalize contract details with workers.

Rob Baril, president of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 SEIU, speaks about wage increases for workers at a press event in April.
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Union officials say more than 2,800 workers at over two dozen nursing homes across Connecticut are ready to hit the picket line at 6 a.m. Friday if their demand for higher wages and increased staffing is not met. The state has a contingency plan to deploy the National Guard to help monitor care.

Pedro Zayas is a spokesman for the union — SEIU District 1199 New England. He said they are also prepared to widen the strike if they fail to reach a deal.

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A union of Long Island power workers avoided going on strike by approving a last-minute contract with their employer, National Grid.

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