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LISTEN: Why Connecticut Nursing Home Workers Are Contemplating A Strike

May 4, 2021

Nearly half of Connecticut’s more than 8,000 COVID-19 deaths have come in nursing homes since March 2020, so it’s little wonder that just over 4,900 nursing home workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in that time. Last week, Service Employees International Union District 1199 New England notified 33 state nursing homes that its 3,400 workers would go on strike at 6 a.m. on May 14 if they can’t reach a deal that significantly improves their working conditions and compensation.

Rob Baril, president of SEIU District 1199, joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered to talk about what he and nursing home workers want and the one man he thinks is key to resolving this impasse.