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Over 900 workers at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals now represented by CHCA.

 

On September 1st, 2016, a majority of over 900 employees from Danbury and New Milford Hospitals voted in a secret ballot election to join Connecticut Health Care Associates. Thursday’s vote ended a 3-year struggle by these workers to unionize their workplaces amid strong and illegal anti-union tactics by the Western Connecticut Health Network. The National Labor Relations Board last year found that WCHN broke the law and infringed on workers’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity.


Last year, CHCA won two elections at Norwalk Hospital (another WCHN entity) totaling over 600 employees in two bargaining units. Those wins inspired workers at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals to approach CHCA earlier this year for help in their organizing effort. The workers’ desire to form a union stems from Network take-aways of vacation time, few pay increases, an overall lack of respect for workers and a severe dip in the quality of care delivered by Danbury Hospital, as evidenced by that facility’s one star CMS rating for 2015.


CHCA plans to push for negotiations of an initial contract to begin as soon as the NLRB certifies the election results, which usually occurs in 10 days.

 

Press release here.

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