DeLauro to visit striking West River workers

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) will be the latest politician to visit striking HealthBridge workers, following in the footsteps of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Attorney General George Jepsen. DeLauro will visit workers at the West River Health Care Center in Milford this Monday, July 30 at 12:30 pm.

Monday will mark the fourth week workers at the five HealthBridge-owned nursing homes in Connecticut have been on strike to protect unfair labor practices. The other Connecticut facilities are in Westport, Danbury, Stamford and Newington. According to a press release put out Thursday, DeLauro has been a strong advocate throughout her congressional career for ensuring workers are treated fairly by their employers.

The strike is just one chapter in what has become a long and ugly battle between HealthBridge and the union. In June, HealthBridge implemented a “last, best and final” contract after more than a year of unsuccessful negotiations with the union. On July 3, workers at five HealthBridge facilities — West River Health Care Center in Milford, Long Ridge in Stamford, Danbury Health Care Center, Newington Health Care Center, Westport Health Care Center — went on strike to protest the action, claiming that HealthBridge had unilaterally imposed unfair working conditions at the homes.

HealthBridge, meanwhile, has called for an investigation into alleged acts of sabotage at Danbury, Newington and Long Ridge.

Amanda Cuda