Connecticut’s largest health care worker union, New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, announced on Thursday it would form the state’s first union for in-home care providers, reports NewsTimes.com, following an executive order issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy allowing care providers and day care workers to unionize.
Union spokeswoman Deborah Chernoff said ballots were mailed to 6,700 workers. Home-care workers voted 1,228 to 365 to approve the union, which will be called CT Home Care United.
The workers now have “meet and confer” status, meaning they can gather and discuss improving their conditions, but can’t negotiate a contract.
Two bills that would give home-care assistants and day care workers bargaining rights died before the Legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee last week when it didn’t meet a deadline to pass the bills. However, Chernoff said she’s hopeful the issue will come up again before the end of the legislative session.
Chernoff called the formation of the union a step in the direction of supporting personal care assistants. “We think it’s very important these workers have a collective voice,” she said.
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Written by Alyssa Gerace