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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 Yale law clinic report says Connecticut nursing home workers have faced dangerous conditions and a lack of oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as workers are planning a strike.

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The vacancy rate at nursing homes in New York has jumped to 21% — three times the pre-pandemic level. This comes as the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the way the Cuomo administration reported coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.

The New York Capitol Building in Albany
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The New York state Legislature approved measures that will require hospitals and nursing homes to meet minimum staffing levels of nurses and other health care staff.

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the state might want to administer booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines in nursing homes.