The union representing thousands of group home workers in
More than 2,100 caregivers were set to strike at
“This is a great victory for racial and economic justice for the majority of Black and Latina women who make up this workforce of caregivers,” Baril said. “All strike notices have been immediately withdrawn.”
The new funding agreement for group home workers at Oak Hill, Whole Life, Sunrise, Network, Mosaic and Journey Found marks the second major settlement for long-term care workers in
The two sides in the group home labor dispute had been negotiating for weeks and had already agreed once to delay a planned strike. But the workers were planning to walk out Friday morning had the settlement not come.
Group homes had already begun bringing in replacement workers, and some had moved residents to vacant nursing home beds. Meanwhile, the union had designated 12 picketing locations across the state. The homes are for people with developmental disabilities.
“We cannot preserve a labor model for group home long-term care services that relies on poverty wages,” Baril said Thursday, before the agreement was reached. “We need to make the same advances that nursing home workers achieved with recent funding allocations: create a pathway to
Two top aides to Gov.
“This is an important agreement which represents my administration’s commitment to respecting the collective bargaining and negotiation process, while also ensuring those in the care of these homes are receiving the services they need,” Lamont said. “This agreement is a positive step forward for the workers as they will receive pay increases and more support. I thank SEIU and the industry leaders for working collaboratively with our administration to reach this agreement.”
The governor’s office also was instrumental in helping to broker the deal between the same union and nursing home operators in May, which also prevented a strike. Like the nursing home workers, the group home employees are seeking better wages and benefits and more staffing.
A group home pact seemed likely last month as well and the union decided to postpone its strike, which had initially been scheduled for
The union is pushing for a
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