RNs - Connecticut

Nursing home workers strike hard-line Spectrum Corporation

Tom Connolly, People's World, April 22, 2010 Hartford - Nurses, nursing assistants and elder-care support staff at four skilled nursing homes operated by Spectrum Healthcare went on strike in Ansonia, Derby, Hartford and Winsted, Connecticut, this week. The workers at the four homes are holding picket lines every day from 6 AM to 12 midnight until a settlement is reached. It is the first nursing home strike by the New England 1199 union in seven years. Labor and community supporters are urged to attend a rally on Saturday, April 24, marking day 10 of the strike. It will be held at 11 AM at the Park Place Health Center in Hartford. ... Nursing

In Second Vote, Rockville General Nurses Join Union

Mara Lee, Hartford Courant, January 6, 2010 Vernon - After one failed union card drive, a lost election, two appeals to labor relations board panels and a second vote, registered nurses at Rockville General Hospital have joined a union. Nurses at Rockville General Hospital first considered unionizing when the hospital was acquired by Eastern Connecticut Health Network in 1995. The hospital group, which also owns Manchester Memorial Hospital, is nonprofit. A unionizing drive in the '90s was unsuccessful, and never came to a vote. Two years ago, a change in vacation policy sparked enough anger that nurses reconsidered. ... In

Nurses, Techs at L&M Threaten to Strike

Yvonne Nava, NBC Connecticut, November 3, 2009 Nurses and technicians at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital will decide by Wednesday whether they will strike. If a contract dispute over sick-time benefits remains unresolved, the strike could happen as soon as November 16. Union leaders held a news conference on Monday and said that despite more than two months of negotiations, there is still no agreement on a new three-year contract, The Day of New London reports. At issue is the number of sick days that nurses and technicians get and whether they can be carried over from year to year. ... Nurses

Nurses may be picketing at L&M Hospital - video

Jamie Muro, WTNH, November 2, 2009 New London - Talk of a nurses' strike looms Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. On a Monday night, you wouldn't expect an army of people surrounding Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London holding picket signs and protesting a contract. But a nurse's union warns that could soon change. A stone's throw way from the hospital, that's exactly what's being discussed inside this building. "My members deserve respect, and the hospital is not giving it to them," said Lisa Dabrosca, President of the Local 5049 Union. ... Nurses

Nurses wary of 'advance' pay offer

Linda Conner Lambeck, Connecticut Post, September 23, 2009 Bridgeport - Checks have been made available to 26 city school nurses who went payless this summer, but only one has picked up her pay because of the strings they fear are attached. "They still consider it advance payment and that any nurse who leaves before June, we owe it to them," said Kim Coyne-Lupinacci, a school nurse and negotiator with Local 1199 of the New England Health Care Employees Union, which represents them. Coyne-Lupinacci said letters were hand-delivered to nurses last Monday by Lawrence E. Osborne Jr., the city's director of labor relations. The letters state that nurses no longer have to sign ... Nurses

Union negotiations breakdown at L&M

Norwich Bulletin, December 4, 2006 New London - Union negotiations between Lawrence & Memorial Hospital workers and hospital administrators have broken down, according to a news release from AFT, the union representing the hospital’s registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. The union said the the hospital administration refused to respond to the union’s contract proposal. Administrators want to increase healthcare workers’ insurance premiums by 40 percent, increase medical and prescription co-payments at will without negotiating with the union, refuses to allow an incentive program that lets workers continue working for additional hours to maintain “safe staffing” and acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday, according to the news release. ... Union

Nurses to feel pain of layoffs

New Milford Hospital says cuts won't hurt patient care. Nanci G. Hutson, Danbury News-Times, October 5, 2006 New Milford - Registered nurse Joanne Chapin is afraid New Milford Hospital administration's cost-cutting decision to lay off 22 employees and reduce hours for four others will not only hurt those losing jobs but the hospital's reputation as a good place to work. After negotiations with administrators, the nurses' union president said Wednesday it appears one full-time operating room nurse and a part-time blood collection nurse will lose their jobs, six will be forced to take reduced hours and at least two will have to switch from day to midnight shifts. ... Nurses

School nurses seek a remedy

Alison Damast, Stamford Advocate, December 26, 2005

Norwalk - The district's nurses are hoping school officials will include funding for a full-time substitute nurse and new medical equipment in next school year's operating budget.

Five schools operated without nurses at various points during the 2004-05 school year, said Tami Green, a nurse at Naramake Elementary School, who is head of the nurses' union.

For example, Kendall Elementary School spent almost all of last year without a school nurse, Green said. ... School

Nurses hopeful after reaching agreement at Lawrence & Memorial

Associated Press, December 24, 2005

New London - Nurses at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve a new agreement that will prevent a strike.

They overwhelmingly approved the agreement yesterday and tell the Day of New London they hope it will mark a turning point in their relationship with the hospital.

An exact total wasn't available, but the contract was approved by a five-to-one margin with more than 90 percent of the 427 union members voting. ... Nurses

L&M Nurses Approve New Contract, Look To Future

With Vote Over, Focus Turns To New Challenges.
Judy Benson, New London Day, December 24, 2005

New London - Unionized registered nurses at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital are hoping the new agreement reached with the hospital late Thursday and ratified by their vote Friday marks a turning point in their relationship with their employer.

The agreement, which covers wages, nurses' health insurance premium contributions and other terms for the final year of their current three-year contract, was approved by a 5-1 vote margin with over 90 percent of the membership voting. An exact vote tally was not available Friday.

Turnout was strong among the 427 members of AFT Connecticut 5049, who voted throughout the day at the union hall off Montauk Avenue.

Nurses talked Friday about both their relief at winning an acceptable agreement after a near-strike, and about the challenges ahead of working with L&M to make the hospital a better workplace.

No Strike: Nurses Will Vote On Pact With L&M

Union urges ratification of tentative contract deal.
Judy Benson, New London Day, December 23, 2005

New London - After more than eight hours of negotiations Thursday, unionized registered nurses and the administration at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a nurses' strike that was scheduled to begin at 6:45 AM today.

Both sides agreed to withhold details of the pact, which spells out wages, benefits and other terms of the final year of the current three-year contract, until after the 425 nurses in AFT Connecticut Local 5049 vote on the agreement today. ... No Strike

Nurses avoid possible strike with tentative hospital contract

Associated Press, December 23, 2005

New London - Registered nurses at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London will be tending to patients rather than walking picket lines. The nursing and hospital management reached a tentative contract agreement yesterday, just hours before a strike was to begin early this morning. There's no information on wages, benefits and other terms of the final year of the current three-year contract. More than 400 unionized nurses are scheduled to vote on the agreement today.

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Nothing Is ‘Average' About L&M's Nurses

Ann O'Sullivan, RN, Oakdale, New London Day, December 23, 2005

I have been a registered nurse at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for 17 years and I am so tired of hearing how our wages and benefits are on “average” with other hospitals, according to the Connecticut Hospital Association.

For the last year, all employees have heard is how L&M is going from good to great. Average was never mentioned. Nurses were encouraged to ask post-operative patients to rate the hospital as a “five” on the Press Gainey satisfaction surveys. Again, average was never mentioned. A rating of three (average) is not good enough. ... Nothing

Listen To The Nurses

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital's new CEO needs to persuade the nurses that he will address the grievances that have led them to the brink of a strike.
New London Day Editorial, December 22, 2005

Today, representatives of the nurses' union at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and the administration will make a last attempt to reach an agreement that would avoid a strike. The immediate issue is wages and health benefits under a re-opener clause in the nurses' existing contract, which runs out next year. But the context of this labor dispute goes much deeper than that. ... Listen

Lawmakers Urge L&M To Help Avert Nurses' Strike

Negotiating session scheduled for today.
Judy Benson, New London Day, December 22, 2005

New London - Federal and state lawmakers are pressuring Lawrence & Memorial Hospital to settle a dispute with its 425 unionized registered nurses and avert a strike scheduled to begin at 6:45 AM Friday.

“We want this to be resolved,” state Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, said. “This is a community issue, and we represent the community. Nobody wants a strike.” ... Lawmakers

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